Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Drury's Egg White
Family - PIERIDAE
Dismorphia crisia interrupta
female, Tatama NP, Colombia ©
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
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.
This species is found in cloudforest at elevations between about
To be completed.
Both sexes are usually
found as singletons flying in forest edge habitats.