Friday, 24 July 2015

22. Appias galba (The Indian Orange Albatross)

Number: 22
Family: Pieriidae
Sub-Family: Pieriinae
Species: Appias galba (Wallace, 1867)
Common name(s): The Indian Orange Albatross
Photography locations: Xuan Son N.P. (Phu Tho Prov.), Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.), Hanoi

The genus Appias  is represented in Vietnam by 9 species (and 11 taxa) - lyncida, olferna, galba, albina, paulina, indra, pandione, lalassis and lalage (Monastyrskii & Devyatkin, 2016).

Appias galba (formely known as Appias nero galba) ranges from N.India to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, S.China.
The Orange Albatross sensu stricto refers to A. nero figulina, a species known from southern Thailand, Malaysia and Sumatra.

A puddle party with some Prioneris thestylis (Spotted Sawtooth) and Cyrestis thyodamas (Common Map). Note the female in flight, with broader stripes on upperwings than male

Male's upperwings

with Appias albina (Common Albatross)

with Appias albina (Common Albatross), Cepora nadina (The Lesser Gull), Appias indra (Plain Puffin)

A female Appias galba photographed in the suburbs of Hanoi on April 2015, showing strongly marked underwings

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