Smithsonian - U.S. National Entomological Collection - Pierid Specimens overview
Hello! Please join us in transcribing labels for Pieridae specimens from the U.S. National Entomological Collection. You can find images of these butterflies by searching: http://collections.nmnh.si.edu/search/ento/
Pierids are butterflies commonly referred to as Whites or Sulphurs, reflecting their white, yellow and orange coloration. They often have black or red markings, and some have hidden ultraviolet patterns used in courtship. Pierids will exhibit sexual dimorphism meaning males and females of the same species will look different, mainly in the number and pattern of black or red markings. The adults of all species visit flowers for nectar. They are distributed worldwide and they are richest in the tropics. There are about 76 genera and over 1,100 species.
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