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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Drury's Egg White
Dismorphia crisia   DRURY, 1782
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - DISMORPHIINAE
Dismorphia crisia interrupta female, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The subfamily Dismorphiinae, to which the Wood Whites of Europe belong, has its headquarters in South America, where 51 different species are found. The neotropical genera include Dismorphia, Enantia, Lieinix, Patia, Moschoneura and Pseudopieris.
The 30 Dismorphia species are characterised by having long narrow almost elliptical fore-wings, and disproportionately large egg-shaped hindwings, hence the popular name 'egg-whites'. In many Dismorphia species including crisia, the apex of the forewing in females is falcate or lobed.
Dismorphia crisia is found in Colombia and Ecuador. There are 13 named subspecies. The ranges of many overlap and produce intermediate forms, so the vaildity of these subspecies is questionable.
Habitats
This species is found in cloudforest at elevations between about 1000-2000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes are usually found as singletons flying in forest edge habitats.

 

 

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