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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Spot Puffin
Appias lalage  DOUBLEDAY, 1842
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI

Appias lalage Kalejnada, West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
There is a degree of uncertainty regarding the taxonomy of a few Appias species, so it isn't possible to give precise figures, but there are about 7 or 8 species in the Australian region, and somewhere between 16-20 in the Oriental region, 10 of which occur in the Indian subcontinent, namely albina, libythea, paulina, lyncida, nero, indra, melania, lalage, wardii and olferna.
With the exception of the bright orange A. nero, the males of all Indian Appias species are white on the upper wing surface, with the apex and outer margins of the forewings marked to a greater or lesser extent with black according to species. The undersides vary considerably - e.g. albina is pure white; indra is greyish, heavily mottled with brown; and the underside hindwings of lyncida are bright yellow with broad chocolate margins.
Appias lalage is found in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, China and Vietnam.
Habitats
This species is found in open areas along riverbanks, and in forest clearings at elevations between about 200-1000m.

Appias lalage  Naodanala, West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins

Lifecycle

To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Males are attracted to damp patches of ground where they swarm in single-species aggregations during the dry season. Females are normally seen nectaring at flowers or searching for oviposition sites in forest-edge habitats.

Appias lalage  Naodanala, West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins

 

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