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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Bath White
Pontia daplidice  LINNAEUS, 1758

Family - PIERIDAE

subfamily - PIERINAE

Tribe - PIERINI

Pontia daplidice, Yoksam, West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The taxonomy of the genus Pontia is contentious with some authorities considering there to be as many as 10 species. Further confusion arises because Synchloe is also included in Pontia by many workers.
Pontia is represented in all continents except North America and Australasia. The most widespread and abundant species is daplidice. It occurs in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ethiopia, southern Europe, Iran, northern India and most of temperate Asia.
Habitats
Pontia daplidice inhabits open hot and often barren areas where its larval foodplant flourishes. In India it is found at elevations between about 800-2600m.
Lifecycle

The range of larval foodplants used is very wide and includes Reseda ( Resedaceae ), Sisymbrium, Erysimum, Arabis, Ptilotrichum, Moricandia, Alysum, Sinapis, Iberis, Descurainia, Lepidium, Thlaspi, Fibigia and Raphanus ( Brassicaceae ). The eggs are usually laid singly on the underside of leaves but the larvae feed on the flowers and developing seedpods.

Adult behaviour

In India the butterflies are particularly fond of nectaring at daisies ( Asteraceae ).

Pontia daplidice, Hee Bermiok, West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins
 

 

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