Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
the classification of Appias. Some
consider that the South American species
drusilla, and the African sylvia
and lasti belong in this genus, while
others prefer to place them in Glutophrissa.
Disregarding those, there are about
Appias species, comprising 7-8 species
from the Australian region, and 16-20 from the Oriental region.
Appias paulina is pure white on the
upperside wings. Males have dark markings at the apex and wing
borders, while females have more extensive dark markings which also
extend into the basal area. The underside hindwings are pale
yellow in the male. There are two forms of the female - one has the
underside hindwings bright creamy yellow, while in the other form
they are white.
This species is
found from Sri Lanka and India, through Myanmar, Thailand and
Malaysia, and south through Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi and New Guinea
This species is found in open forested areas at
elevations between sea level and about 800m.
I have no data regarding
paulina, but the larvae of other Appias
species, e.g. lyncida and
albina are green, with a pair of anal
points. They feed on Capparis.
Males are almost
always seen congregating in groups of between 10-50, imbibing
moisture from wet sandbanks, either in sunlight or shade.
Females are normally only seen when flying in search of egg-laying
sites within the forest.