Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
© Andrew Neild
There are about 225 described species in the genus
Delias. The butterflies are popularly
known as Jezebels. Most species are gaudily patterned in red,
yellow, black and white - the colours serving to advertise their
unpalateable nature to would-be predators.
of the species are highly localised, being endemic to particular
islands in south-east Asia, or restricted to certain mountain
ranges, e.g. in New Guinea. Others occupy much broader ecological
niches, and are more generally distributed.
Delias sanaca is distributed from
Sikkim, Assam and Bhutan to China and Vietnam.
To be completed.
larval foodplant is mistletoe - Loranthus
( Loranthaceae ).