Monday, 3 August 2015

66. Appias albina darada (The Common Albatross)

Number: 66
Family: Pieriidae
Sub-Family: Pieriinae
Species: Appias albina darada (Felder & Felder, [1865])
Common name(s): The Common Albatross
Photography locations: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.), Hanoi City

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).

A puddle party in May at Cuc Phuong N.P., mostly Appias albina and A. galba
Males are attracted to damp patches of ground where they swarm in mixed-species aggregations during the dry season

Hundreds of butterflies demonstrating selectively gregarious behavior at mud

Some males Appias albina darada

A puddle party with some Appias galba (Indian Orange Albatross)
Note male upperwings almost all white

Female Appias albina nectaring

 A vagrant/migrant female Appias albina seen on March 2013 in Hanoi City

Male Appias albina nectaring
Upperwing is almost all white except a narrow black border at costa of FW

 Another male, completely white above

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