Mexico, USA & Canada
Mexican Marbled White
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Hesperocharis graphites Mexico ©
tribe Anthocharidini, which includes the Orange-tip, Bath White and
Dappled White butterflies of the Palaearctic region, is represented
in the neotropics by the genera
The genus Hesperocharis
includes 12 known species, although it is likely that others still
remain to be discovered.
uppersides of all species are creamy-white or yellow, usually with
the forewing apex black or brownish. On the underside, all members
of the genus have dark veins and chevrons similar to those in the
illustrated insect, although they vary in prominence from species to
species. The short, white-tipped antennae are also characteristic of
Hesperocharis graphites is found in
Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Most other Hesperocharis
species are Andean.
This species is
found primarily in montane habitats, including cloudforest, open
pastures, paramo grassland etc.
I have no
data relating to graphites but the
following description of the Costa Rican species
crocea may be relevant : The eggs are
laid in batches on the leaves of Loranthaceae. The larvae, which
feed gregariously, are a dull reddish colour, covered with fine
white setae. The chrysalis is mottled in green, white and brown, and
is said to resemble a bird dropping.
The butterflies are
usually seen singly, patrolling back and forth across open areas in
search of mates. They sometimes alight on herbage, and if the
weather is cool and sunny they will bask with wings held half open
for short periods. Males are seen more often than females,
invariably when they stop to imbibe mineralised moisture from damp
ground or the edges of puddles and fords.