List of butterflies of India (Pieridae)
The article is a list of the pierid butterflies of
India. It forms part of the full list of butterflies of India.
Pieridae, or the Whites and Yellows are a family of butterflies of moderate or small size. The common names refer to the two predominant colours found on the wings of these butterflies along with markings in black.
Of the 1051 species of pierids occurring in the world, 81 species in 21 genera are found in India.
* Outline of wings usually regular. Hindwings are never tailed.
* Forelegs are fully developed in both sexes.
* The hindwings are channelled at the abdomen to fit the abdomen.
Pieridaehas four subfamilies, of which the Whites and the Yellows are well represented in India.
Pierinae" or the Whites.
Coliadinae" or the Yellows.
Dismorphiinae". (6 genera of Neotropicalbutterflies and one genus "Leptidea" in the Palearcticregion but not occurring in India.)
Pseudopontiinae" (A single species in tropical West Africa.)
ubfamily "Pierinae", The Whites
Genus "Aporia", The Blackveins
*Tibet Blackvein, "Aporia peloria" Hewitson, 1853
*Himalayan Blackvein, "Aporia leucodice" (Eversman, 1843)
*Dusky Blackvein, "Aporia nabellica" (Boisduval, 1836)
*Bhutan Blackvein, "Aporia harrietae" (De Nicéville, 1892)
*Great Blackvein, "Aporia agathon" (Gray, 1832)
Genus "Baltia", The Dwarfs
Genus "Pieris", The Whites
* Chumbi White , "Pieris chumbiensis" De Nicéville, 1897
* Green Banded White , "Pieris krueperi devta" (De Nicéville, 1884)
* Greenvein White , "Pieris napi" Linnaeus, 1767
* Naga White , "Pieris naganum" Moore, 1884
* Kashmir White , "Pieris deota" (De Nicéville, 1884)
* Large Cabbage-White , "Pieris brassicae" Linnaeus, 1758
* Indian Cabbage White , "Pieris canidia" Linnaeus, 1768
* Small Cabbage White , " Pieris rapae" Linnaeus, 1758
Genus "Pontia", The Bath Whites
Genus "Anaphaeis", The Pioneers
* Pioneer (Caper White), "Anaphaeis aurota" Fabricius, 1793
Genus "Cepora", The Gulls
Genus "Ixias", The Indian Orange Tips
Genus "Delias", The Jezebels
* Yellow Jezebel , "Delias agostina" Hewitson, 1852
* Common Jezebel , "Delias eucharis" Drury, 1773
* Painted Jezebel , "Delias hyparete" Linnaeus, 1758
* Hill Jezebel , "Delias belladonna" Fabricius, 1793
* Hill Jezebel , "Delias sanaca" (Moore,1857)
* Dark Jezebel , "Delias berinda" (Moore,1872)
* Redspot Jezebel , "Delias descombesi" Boisduval, 1836
* Redbase Jezebel , "Delias aglaia" Linnaeus
* Redbreast Jezebel , "Delias thysbe" Cramer, 1779
Genus "Prioneris", The Sawtooths
Genus "Appias", The Puffins and Albatrosses
* Spot Puffin , "Appias lalage" (Doubleday, 1842)
* Plain Puffin , "Appias indra" Moore, 1857
* Western Striped Albatross , "Appias libythea" Fabricius, 1775
* Eastern Striped Albatross , "Appias olferna" Fabricius, 1775
* Chocolate Albatross , "Appias lyncida" Cramer, 1777
* Common Albatross, "Appias albina" Felder
* Lesser Albatross , "Appias wardii" (Moore, 1884)
* Orange Albatross, "Appias nero galba" (Wallace, 1867)
* Nicobar Albatross, "Appias panda chrysea" Fruhstorfer, 1903
Genus "Leptosia", The Psyche
Genus "Euchloe", The Little Whites
Genus "Hebomoia", The Great Orange Tip
* Great Orange-Tip , "Hebomoia glaucippe" Linnaeus, 1758
Genus "Colotis", The Arabs
* Small Salmon Arab , "Colotis amata" Fabricius, 1775
* Blue-Spotted Arab , "Colotis phisadia" (Godart, 1819)
* White Arab , "Colotis vestalis" (Butler, 1876)
* Large Salmon Arab , "Colotis fausta" (Olivier, 1804)
* Small Orange-Tip , "Colotis etrida" Boisduval, 1836
* Plain Orange-Tip , "Colotis eucharis" Fabricius, 1775
* Crimson-Tip , "Colotis danae" (Fabricius, 1775)
Genus "Pareronia", The Wanderers
ubfamily "Coliadinae", The Yellows
Genus "Catopsilia", The Emigrants
Genus "Gonepteryx", The Brimstones
Genus "Dercas", The Sulphurs
Genus "Eurema", The Grass Yellows
* Small Grass Yellow , "Eurema brigitta" Cramer, 1780
* Spotless Grass Yellow , "Eurema laeta" Boisduval, 1836
* Scarce Grass Yellow , "Eurema lacteola" Distant, 1886
* One-Spot Grass Yellow , "Eurema andersonii" Moore
* Common Grass Yellow , "Eurema hecabe" Linnaeus, 1758
* Three-Spot Grass Yellow , "Eurema blanda" Boisduval, 1836
* Nilgiri Grass Yellow , "Eurema nilgiriensis"
Genus "Gandaca", The Tree Yellow
*Tree Yellow , "Gandaca harina" (
Genus "Colias", The Clouded Yellows
* Lemon Clouded Yellow , "Colias thrasibulus" Fabricius, 1910
* Ladakh Clouded Yellow , "Colias ladakensis" C. Felder, 1865
* Everest Clouded Yellow , "Colias berylla"
* Fawcett's Clouded Yellow , "Colias nina"
* Pale Clouded Yellow , "Colias hyale" Linnaeus, 1758
* Fiery Clouded Yellow , "Colias eogene" C. Felder, 1865
* Orange Clouded Yellow , "Colias stoliczkana" Moore
* Dwarf Clouded Yellow , "Colias dubia" Elwes, 1906
* Dark Clouded Yellow , "Colias croceus" Geoffroy, 1785
* Nilgiri Clouded Yellow , "Colias nilgiriensis"
*Eggs - Tall, bottle-shaped eggs which are ribbed down the sides. They are generally white, eventually changing to yellow or orange, or, they may be blotched with red.
*Caterpillars - The caterpillars are cylindrical and smooth usually covered with hairy-ended tubercles. They are generally green and have pale longitudinal stripes. They are all generally similar and difficult to distinguish apart.
*Chrysalids - Angular with a pointed head which may be produced into a long snout. Supported by a tail hook and girth, some being suspended head upwards like the Swallowtails and others being fastened horizontally to a leaf or other surface.
The foodplants vary considerably, however there is a general trend, in that the Whites mostly use Capers, (family "
Capparidaceae") while the Yellows usually prefer members of the family " Leguminosae", which consist of peas, clover, "Cassia" and others.
* Evans, W.H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. (2nd Ed), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
* Gay,Thomas; Kehimkar,Isaac & Punetha,J.C.(1992) Common Butterflies of India. WWF-India and Oxford University Press, Mumbai, India.
* Haribal, Meena (1994) Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and their Natural History.
* Kunte,Krushnamegh (2005) Butterflies of Peninsular India. Universities Press.
* Wynter-Blyth, M.A. (1957) Butterflies of the Indian Region, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.
* [http://internt.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/perth/lepindex/index.dsml?UserID=&UserName= LepIndex, NHM, London]
* [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/bio/insects/butrfly/famrio/famrio.htm Idaho Museum of Natural History]
* [http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/systematics/bnet/pieridae.htm A modern classification of the Pieridae at Butterfly Net International]
* [http://www.nerdybirders.com/html/butterflies/pieridae.html Indian Butterflies - Pieridae]
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