Lemon migrant Catopsilia pomona, copyright B_cool.

Belongs within: Pieridae.

Catopsilia, the migrants, is a genus of moderately large, robust, fast-flying pierid butterflies found in tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World (Braby 2000).

Characters (from Braby 2000): Antennae relatively short, less than half length of costa of fore wing; hind wing with humeral vein greatly reduced; male with small oval patch of sex-scales on upper side of hind wing between costa and vein Rs, overlaid by dense row of long hair-like sex-scales on under side of fore wing along dorsum near base.

<==Catopsilia Hübner 1819B00
    |--C. crocale (Cramer 1775) (see below for synonymy)F55
    |    |--C. c. crocaleF55
    |    `--C. c. flava Butler 1869 (see below for synonymy)F55
    |--C. florella (Fabricius 1775)F55 [=C. pyranthe florellaA73]
    |    |--C. f. florellaS72
    |    `--C. f. gnomaS72
    |--C. gorgophone (Boisduval 1836) [=C. scylla gorgophone]B00
    |--C. pomona (Fabricius 1775)B12 [=C. crocale pomonaA73; incl. C. catilla (Cramer 1779)F55]
    |--C. pyranthe (Linnaeus 1758)B00
    |    |--C. p. pyrantheB12
    |    |--C. p. crokera (Macleay 1826)B12
    |    `--C. p. minnaS72
    `--C. scylla (Linnaeus 1764)B00
         |--C. s. scyllaB12
         `--C. s. etesia (Hewitson 1867)B12

Catopsilia crocale (Cramer 1775) [incl. C. crocale f. alcmeone (Cramer 1777), C. crocale f. flavescens Fruhstorfer 1910, C. crocale f. jugurtha (Cramer 1777), C. crocale f. jugurthina (Godtart 1819), C. crocale f. latilimbata Fruhstorfer 1910]F55

Catopsilia crocale flava Butler 1869 [incl. C. crocale flava f. celebica Fruhstorfer 1910, C. crocale flava f. ostentata Fruhstorfer 1910]F55

*Type species of generic name indicated


[A73] Ashton, R. 1973. Butterflies of New Delhi (Papilionoidea). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 69 (3): 502–509.

[B00] Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 1. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[B12] Braby, M. F. 2012. The butterflies of El Questro Wilderness Park, with remarks on the taxonomy of the Kimberley fauna, Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 27 (2): 161–175.

[F55] Franz, E. 1955. Die Typen und Typoide des Natur-Museums Senckenberg, 16). Insecta, Lepidoptera, Pieridae. Senckenbergiana Biologica 36: 339–367.

[S72] Shields, O. 1972. Flower visitation records for butterflies (Lepidoptera). Pan-Pacific Entomologist 48 (3): 189–203.

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