Butterfly Listing by Common Name (Family Pieridae)


Pierids are rather conspicuous white, yellow, or orange butterflies, with around 1000 species worldwide. They primarily feed on plants in the legume and crucifer families, although some odd groups, like our Neophasia menapia, feed on conifers. Some Pierids, especially Colias sulphurs and Pieris whites, have taught us much about species recognition (based on ultraviolet reflectance patterns) and seasonally-induced polymorphism and phenotypic plasticity.

Pontia beckerii Becker's White
Pontia beckerii
Zerene eurydice California Dog-Face
Zerene eurydice
Pontia protodice Checkered White
Pontia protodice
Phoebis sennae Cloudless Sulphur
Phoebis sennae
Nathalis iole Dainty Sulphur
Nathalis iole
Euchloe hyantis lotta East Slope Marble
Euchloe hyantis lotta
Pieris rapae European Cabbage Butterfly, Imported Cabbageworm, Cabbage White
Pieris rapae
Anthocharis lanceolata Gray Marble, Boisduval's Marble
Anthocharis lanceolata
Pieris napi Gray-Veined White
Pieris napi
Euchloe ausonides Large Marble
Euchloe ausonides
Colias eurytheme Orange Sulphur, Alfalfa Butterfly
Colias eurytheme
Neophasia menapia Pine White
Neophasia menapia
Colias alexandra Queen Alexandra's Sulphur
Colias alexandra
Anthocharis sara sara Sara Orange-Tip
Anthocharis sara sara
Euchloe hyantis hyantis Small Marble
Euchloe hyantis hyantis
Euchloe hyantis "foothill" Small Marble
Euchloe hyantis "foothill"
Pontia sisymbrii Spring White, California White
Pontia sisymbrii
Anthocharis stella Stella Orange-Tip
Anthocharis stella
Anthocharis sara thoosa Thoosa Orange-Tip
Anthocharis sara thoosa
Pontia occidentalis Western White
Pontia occidentalis
Colias philodice (eriphyle) Yellow Sulphur
Colias philodice (eriphyle)