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.
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.
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.
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.
Tribus: PIERINIGenus: Mesapia
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.