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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Tibetan White
Pieris melete  MNTRIS, 1857
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe -
Pieris melete Sichuan, China Andrew Neild
Introduction
There may be as many as 34 species of Pieris worldwide, although the status of some is uncertain. The commonest and most widespread species is rapae, which was originally restricted to Europe and temperate Asia but has been introduced by man to North America, Africa, s.e. Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The genus can be divided into 2 groups - the 'Large' Whites brassicae, cheiranthi, deota & tadjika; and the smaller species including rapae, mannii, napi and melete which have more rounded fore-wings. Some taxonomists place the latter group into a distinct genus Artogeia, citing characteristics including chromosome number, ovipositing behaviour and larval morphology.
Pieris melete is very similar to certain races of napi, but is more heavily marked with black on the upperside and conversely has lighter markings along the veins on the underside.
This species is found in northern India, Tibet, Siberia, China, Korea and Japan.
Habitats
Pieris melete breeds in damp open woodland, along riverbanks, and in meadows.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

 

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