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black-veined white

Pictured: black-veined white, Aporia crataegi

Notes from Jenyns: Pieris crataegi

200-year trend in Cambridgeshire: Decline to extinction.

Modern records

Jenyns’ entry on this species lists its name (which has since been updated) but is strangely otherwise blank, suggesting he had little information on the species at the time. However, a few other historical specimens from Cambridgeshire were recorded during Jenyns’ lifetime, showing that it was present in a number of woods throughout the county. Sadly, the species went extinct in the UK in the 1920s. 

Populations of the black-veined white had always undergone strong fluctuations, rising and falling in number from year to year, but the exact reason for its decline in the UK, and the failure of reintroduction attempts, remains largely unknown. Suitable habitats in the form of gardens and grazing land are still present so more study is needed to understand why this species disappeared.

National records map

Black-veined white national records map: