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The Pieridae are a large family of butterflies with about 76 genera containing approximately 1,100 species, mostly from tropical Africa and Asia. Most pierid butterflies are white, yellow or orange in coloration, often with black spots. The pigments that give the distinct colouring to these butterflies are derived from waste products in the body and are a characteristic of this family.

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Chocolate Albatross

Total Photos: 3

Common Albatross

Total Photos: 2

Common Emigrant

Total Photos: 2

The Common Emigrant, is a medium-sized butterfly found in Asia and parts of Australia. The upperside of the male is chalky-white, sometimes with a more or less broad and clearly defined basal sulphur-yellow area on both fore and hind wings; this sulphur-yellow colour is at times diffused over the whole surface of the wings, though generally it becomes paler towards the terminal margins.

Common Grass Yellow

Total Photos: 1

The Common Grass Yellow is a small butterfly found in Asia or Africa. They are found flying close to the ground and are found in open grass and scrub habitats. It is simply known as "the grass yellow" in parts of its range.

Common Gull

Total Photos: 4

It is a small to medium-sized butterfly which is native to India.

Upperside: white, a greyish-blue shade at base of wings and along the veins, due to the dark markings on the underside that show through.

Common Jezebel

Total Photos: 4

The Common Jezebel is a medium sized butterfly found in areas of South and Southeast Asia. The wingspan of both males and females range from 6.5 to 8.5 cm

The butterfly may be found wherever there are trees, even in towns and cities, flying high among the trees and visiting flowers. It is commonly seen in gardens. The females can be seen flying amongst the trees in search of its foodplants, while the males are more frequently observed visiting flowers for nectar or mud-puddling. It rests with its wings closed exhibiting the brilliantly coloured underside.

Common Wanderer

Total Photos: 3

Upperside: ground-colour a clear pale blue of a much deeper tint; all the veins defined with black. Fore wing: costa broadly, apex and terminal margin very broadly black. Hind wing: dorsal and costal margins broadly whitish: terminal margin broadly black, especially at apex, the black area covered, except at the tornus, with specialised opaque-looking scales. Underside: paler blue, the terminal margins of the wings obscurely fuscous. Fore wing: the veins more or less broadly bordered with black. Hind wing: the subcostal vein and veins 6, 7, and 8 broadly, the rest of the veins very narrowly edged with black; a very fine black line in interspace 1.

Crimson Tip

Total Photos: 1

Male Upperside: white, base of wings generally irrorated, but to a varying extent, with black scales. This irroration in many specimens is entirely wanting. Fore wing: with or without a minute black spot on the discocellulars; apex broadly carmine, edged internally and externally with black, this black border varies in width.

Female Upperside: white; base of wings lightly, often heavily, irrorated with greyish-black scales. In some specimens the irroration is very scanty, in others it occupies fully a third of the wings from base and extends as a broad band parallel to the dorsum on the hind wing. Fore wing: an apical carmine patch as in the male but smaller, sometimes reduced to a mere row of preapical pale rosy streaks, but always bordered externally, and generally internally also, by black of varying width.

Great Orange Tip

Total Photos: 5

In the males the upperside is creamy white. Fore wing: the costa narrowly, the apex and terminal margin to middle of interspace 1 are black. An irregular, somewhat sinuous, black band extends obliquely from beyond the middle of the costa across the upper apex of the cell, and meets at interspace 1 the black on the terminal margin. Within the triangle thus formed is enclosed a rich orange-red patch that is traversed by the black veins and bears in interspaces 3 to 6 a postdiscal series of black inwardly-elongated spots. Hind wing: nearly uniform, touched with black on the terminal margin anteriorly and with a conspicuous postdiscal black spot in interspace 7. In some specimens there are one or two smaller spots in continuation of the series in the interspaces below.

The underside is white. The apical third of the fore wing and the whole of the hind wing are mottled, with more or less prominent brown stripe and spots. Costa of the fore wing and a fine line that runs from base of the hind wing through the cell, straight to the middle of the terminal margin, are brown. Antennae are dark brown. The head and thorax have anteriorly a reddish-brown pile. Thorax above is greyish-blue, while the abdomen is white with a bluish tinge. Beneath: head and thorax are more or less brownish, abdomen is white.

Female is similar to the male. Upperside: ground-colour with a slight greenish tinge. The orange patch on fore wing is more restricted, it consists of a series of brood streaks in interspaces 3 to 6 and 10, the outer apices of which are deeply incised by black and with a row of hastate orange spots beyond in interspaces 2 to 6. Hind wing: similar to the hind wing in the male, but with a postdiscal series of large triangular black spots and a terminal connected series of still larger triangular black spots at the apices of veins 2 to 7. Underside : similar to that in the male, the brown transverse strigae and spots are more numerous, the costa of the fore and the median line on the hind wing are very prominently brown. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male.

Mottled Emigrant

Total Photos: 3

The Mottled Emigrant is a medium sized butterfly found in South Asia, Southeast Asia and parts of Australia. The upperside is chalky-white, slightly tinted in some specimens with green. The fore wing is with or without a discocellular black spot.

One-spot Grass Yellow

Total Photos: 1

Pioneer

Total Photos: 3

White UP, a characteristic hockey-stick shaped black bar at the end of cell and white streaked black wing tip on UPF. UN vary from white (DSF) to yellow (WSF), with black veins and spots.

Psyche

Total Photos: 1

Both sexes white on UP; UPF with black wing tip and large black spot. UNH streaked with fine greenish lines.

Small Grass Yellow

Total Photos: 1

Small Grass Yellow is a small butterfly, that is, the Yellows and Whites, which is found in India and other parts of Asia. It is also present in Australia and Africa.

Small Orange Tip

Total Photos: 1

Male UP white, broad black edged orange apical patch with small black spot in UPF cell. UPH usually is with series of black spots. Female is similar, but dense grey dusting on inner side of the wing.

Small Salmon Arab

Total Photos: 4

UP is salmon-pink with black outer edge border, touching the black spot at the cell end. UN greenish yellow.

Spotless Grass Yellow

Total Photos: 2

Western Striped Albatross

Total Photos: 1

White Orange Tip

Total Photos: 4

Mainly white, apical half on UPF black, enclosing a large orange patch with black border. Orange patch is narrow in female with four black spots.

Yellow Orange Tip

Total Photos: 5

Male UP yellow with half of forewing black bearing a large orange band towards the tip. Hindwing is with black border. Female UP white or yellow. The band on UPF tip is also white, no orange band. Black areas more extensive. The orange band reduced in size and bears two black spots.