Sunday, 26 July 2015

28. Appias lyncida eleonora (The Chocolate Albatross)

Number: 28
Family: Pieriidae
Sub-Family: Pieriinae
Species: Appias lycinda eleonora (Boisduval, 1836)
Common name(s): The Chocolate Albatross
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

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 lyncida eleonora is common and widespread.

The male is white on the upperside, with dentate black marginal borders on the fore and hind wings. The hindwing beneath is a rich lemon yellow with a dark brown border on both the fore- and hindwings.

Large congregations of the males of this species are often encountered puddling, often in the company of other Pierids, Nymphalids and Papilionids.

Three female Appias lyncida with 1 Cepora nadina (Lesser Gull) and 1 Prioneris thestylis (Spotted Sawtooth)

Three nice Pierids side by side: Prioneris thestylis, Ixias pyrene, Appias lyncida

Nice Pierids selection with 1 Cepora nadina, 2 Ixias pyrene, 3 Eurema sp., 4 Appias albina, 5 Appias lyncida, 6 Appias galba and 7 Hebomoia glaucippe

I was very surprised to fing this female Appias lyncida in downtown Hanoi (without a doubt a vagrant or migrant)

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