Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
© Andrew Neild
There are 6
Sinopieris species -
and sherpae. All were originally
included in Pieris, but were separated
from that genus in 1995 by Huang. The most obvious characteristic
for distinguishing between the two genera is the venation in the
apical area of the forewing but there are also differences in
pattern. Most Sinopieris species have a
suffused grey or blackish post-discal band visible on both surfaces
of both wings. Pieris however usually
have a pair of blackish post-discal spots on the forewings ( a
single spot in males ), and no trace of any spot or band on the
Apart from the Nepalese endemic
Sinopieris species are confined to China or Tibet.
Sinopieris dubernardi is the most widespread species, being
found in s.e. Tibet and in the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi,
Yunnan and Sichuan.
This species inhabits grassland plateaux and mountainsides at
elevations above 2000m.
foodplants do not appear to be recorded.
mineralised moisture from damp ground, either solitarily or in mixed
aggregations with various Pieris and