Delias descombesi Boisduval 1836
Delias descombesi eranthos male
Peninsular Malaysia, February 27, 2011.
Picture : L. C. Goh
Subspecies and range of Delias descombesi :
. descombesi Boisduval 1836 - Vietnam, Thailand (not peninsular), Cambodia, Laos, Yunnan, Myanmar
. eranthos Fruhstorfer 1905 - Malay Peninsular, Peninsular Thailand
. leucacantha Fruhstorfer 1910 - Assam, Sikkim, Nepal
Notes on Delias descombesi :
A very similar species to Delias belisama distinguished in the male by the forewing being predominantly white, and in the female, there being a row of small white submarginal spots on the upperside hindwing.
A common species throughout its range. It flies all year round, sometimes in enormous numbers. It can sometimes be found in company with Delias hyparete where their ranges overlap.
Although mainly a species of low altitudes, it has been seen in Myanmar at altitudes up to 7000 feet.
Delias oraia and it's subspecies were, at one time considered to be only subspecies of D.descombesi, but has now been given specific status.
Group belisama species :