Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
tribe - ANTHOCHARIDINI
Cunizza hirlanda ninguida, Satipo, Peru ©
In the neotropical region there are a total of 192 representatives
of the subfamily Pierinae.
There are 5 genera within the tribe Anthocharidini which occur in
the neotropics - Mathania and
Eroessa being found only in the Andes,
while Euchloe and
Anthocharis also have many members in the Holarctic region,
including the Dappled Whites and Orange tips of Europe.
The remaining genus, Cunizza,
comprises of a single species - hirlanda,
which has 9 recognised subspecies, found variously in Colombia,
Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. Subspecies
ninguida is confined to Peru.
This species is found in the forested foothills
of the eastern Andes, and the lowlands of the upper Amazon basin, at
altitudes between about 400-1000m.
To be completed.
male is usually encountered singly in the vicinity of streams and
waterfalls. In common with the males of many other butterflies of all
families, they obtain their sustenance by imbibing mineralised
moisture, rather than from nectar. The female is seen less often,
usually when visiting flowers, or flying in search of egg-laying