Delias ornytion Godman & Salvin 1881
Subspecies and range of Delias ornytion :
. ornytion Godman & Salvin 1881 - Papua New Guinea
. form katharina Ribbe 1900
. persephone Staudinger 1894 - Waigeu Is., Mysool Is., Weyland Mtns, Papua
. rosselana Joicey & Talbot 1916 - Rossel island, PNG
Notes on Delias ornytion :
Distinguished by the underside hindwing being black with the red subcostal stripe, and no other markings. However, the male type form also has the red submarginal line.
The species is reasonably common within its range up to 4000 feet in altitude. It enters into mimetic association with Huphina abnormis and has, at various times, been considered to be a member of the Huphina genus. A study of the genitalia and scent-scales, however, shows this to be incorrect.
Delias ornytion persephone is easy to find today, but it is much more difficult to find the splendid specimens with the long red band on HW today.
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