Delias ennia  Wallace 1867 yellow.png

Delias ennia live picture from Australia
Delias ennia nigidius

Queensland, Australia
Picture by Steve Dew

Subspecies and range of Delias ennia :

. ennia Wallace 1867 - Waigeu Is. Sorong, Arfak Mts, Papua

nigidius Miskin 1884 - Cooktown Paluma, Queensland, N Australia

jobiana Oberthür 1894 - Yapen island, Papua

iere Grose-Smith 1900 - Noenfoor Island, (Geelvink Bay), Papua

xelianthe Grose-Smith 1900 - Central Highland, Papua New Guinea

mysolensis Rothschild 1915 - Mysool island, Papua

multicolor Joicey & Noakes 1915 - Biak island, Papua

oetakwensis Rothschild 1915 - Central Mtns, Snow Mtns, Papua

saturata Rothschild 1915 - Goodenough Island, PNG

limbata Rothschild 1915 - Tagula Is., Yala Is. & Misima Is.

tindalii Joicey & Talbot 1927 - Cape York Peninsular, Queensland, N Australia

         synonym dorothea Tindale 1923




Notes on Delias ennia :

A very distinct species with mainly white coloration, except in subspecies D.e.iere & D.e.multicolor in which the hind wing is predominantly yellow and orange on the underside. D.e.multicolor has at times been considered to be a separate species, but detailed investigation has failed to find sufficient differences from the nominate form to support this.

The species has not, as yet, been found on the Bismarck Islands,  where Delias lytaea probably represents it.

Several of the subspecies are very rare indeed.