Delias lativitta Leech 1893
Delias lativitta formosana
1st July 2013
Picture by Jeff Lin
Subspecies and range of Delias lativitta :
. lativitta Leech 1893 - Sichuan
. formosana Matsumura 1909 - Taiwan
. parva Talbot,1937 - Bhutan, Thailand, Laos
. yunnana Talbot 1937 - Mekong R, NW Yunnan
. synonym tai Yoshino 1999
. tongi ? Mell.1939 - NW Fujian (status uncertain, synonym of yunnana ?)
. naga Tytler 1939 - Assam, SE Tibet
. yuani Huang 2000 - Metok, SE Tibet
. shaanxiensis Chou, Zhang & Wang 2001 - Shaanxi
. nepalica Katayama, 2017 - Nepal
Notes on Delias lativitta :
This species is easily recognisable by the white upperside hindwing cell patch.
The females of the species are rare. Also the black Tibetan and Burmese ssp are not common in collection.
Some subspecies were unnecessarily described, such as Delias lativitta tai Yoshino 1999 which was later synonymized with ssp yunnana Talbot 1937 ("A taxonomic study of the genus Delias Hübner in China", Wei Zhong-Min, Wu Chun-Sheng, Acta Entomologica Sinica, February 2005, 48 (1): 107-118).
A full review of this group with DNA verification would be useful.
Group belladonna species :