Family PIERIDAE

e.g. Hebomoia leucippe; photo © by Thomas Neubauer

The members of this family are partially very well-known, even feared. Many species are common and laying their eggs on vegetable plants e.g. cabbage. Therefore some Pieridae are a pest for farming.
The frequently occurring of orange, yellow and white are often named-giving, how also the family is called family of the Whites and Sulphurs. The family contains approx. 2000 species. The scale of Pieridae is from small to medium, although there are also some large species. They have no tails at the hind wings.
Typical members of PIERIDAE are the Large White, the Brimstone and the Orange Tip.

 

The Family PIERIDAE cuts into four subfamilies.

 

 

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Subfamily COLIADINAE

Subfamily COLIADINAE contains thirteen genera. The genus combine with the specific name accuratly defined any species.

Common butterflies like Brimstone, Clouded Yellow or Pale Clouded Yellow are typical members of COLIADINAE. They are very offten yellow and they are distributed in all ecozones on earth.


                Genus: Anteos 

                Genus: Aphrissa 

                Genus: Catopsilia

                Genus: Colias

                Genus: Dercas

                Genus: Eurema

                Genus: Gandaca

                Genus: Gonepteryx

                Genus: Kricogonia

                Genus: Leucidia

                Genus: Nathalis

                Genus: Phoebis

                Genus: Zerene

 

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Sufamily DISMORPHIINAE

Subfamily DISMORPHIINAE contains seven genera. The genus combine with the specific name accuratly defined any species.

Members of DISMORPHIINAE are very delicate e.g. Wood White. Most of them mimic other butterflies.

 

                  Genus: Dismorphia  

                  Genus: Enentia  

                  Genus: Leptidea  

                  Genus: Lieinix  

                  Genus: Moschoneura  

                  Genus: Patia   

                  Genus: Pseudopieris 

 

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Subfamily PIERINAE

Subfamily PIERINAE cuts into two tribes. Furthermore the tribes contains the genus and the genus combine with the specific name accuratly defined any species.

Typical members of PIERINAE are the Large White, the Small White or the Orange Tip. Most of them are white. Some of them are parasites in the agriculture.

 

 

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Subfamily PSEUDOPONTIINAE

Subfamily PSEUDOPONTIINAE contains only one genus. The genus combine with the specific name accuratly defined any species.

The species Pseudopontia paradoxa C. & R. Felder, 1869 from Africa is the one and only member of this subfamily. The correct classification of Pseudopontia paradoxa was a scientific quarrel for long time.

 

                  Genus: Pseudopontia

 

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Apatura iris
Inachis io
Nymphalis antiopa
Apatura iris
Vanessa atalanta
Papilio machaon
Pierides sp.
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