De rerum: an acknowlegement and explanation.
INDEX: Linnaean

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pinacopteryx eriphia

The Zebra White.
It is over a year now since we have moved home to Golden Pond in Hilton, no more than 9 km NW as the crow flies from our previous home, but 400 m higher in altitude. The butterfly population here is a bit different.
Anyway, a few days ago I found this butterfly at the edge of the pond. Not the most flattering photograph of an older specimen, but, despite being quite common, and widely distributed, it is my first, and so is special. As it left before I could get a picture of the upperside, I thought of Annie Dillard stalking her muskrats.
The genus is monotypic, being established by Wallengren from Pieris eriphia Godart as the TS.

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