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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Mimosa Yellow
Pyrisitia nise  CRAMER, 1775
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - COLIADINAE
Pyrisitia nise, Tatama NP, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The 12 species which are currently placed in the genus Pyrisitia were originally included within the pan-tropical genus Eurema.
These smallish butterflies are characterised by having yellow, orange or white uppersides, with dark apical markings. The forewings have a strongly curved costa, and in most species have a squarish apex. The hindwings are rounded in most species.
Pyrisitia nise ocurs as 6 named subspecies distributed variously from the southern USA to Bolivia and Brazil.
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed grassy habitats at elevations between about 200-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Males are usually encountered singly, or occasionally in two's or three's, when imbibing dissolved minerals from damp ground at the edge of ditches or roadside banks in lightly forested areas. The flight is fluttery but fairly rapid, and close to the ground.

 

 

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