LEPIDOPTERA

Pieris brassicae
Pieris brassicae brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758

TYPE LOCALITY. Sweden.

RANGE. N. Africa, Europe, Asia Minor to Middle Asia, W. and S. Siberia, Transbaikalia, the Amur and Ussuri regions, Mongolia, China, Japan.

DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. The European part, W. and S. Siberia, the Caucasus Major and Minor, the Armenian Highland, Talysh, the Altai and Sayan mts., Transbaikalia, the Amur and Ussuri regions - the nominate subspecies. In addition, the following subspecies can be recognized: ssp. marghanita Hemming, 1941 (= meridionalis Joicey et Talbot, 1922, nom. praeoccup.) - Kopet-Dagh; ssp. ottonis Rjiiber, [1907] (= brassicoides Staudinger, 1901, nom. praeoccup.) - Turan, Tian-Shan, Ghissar, S. Ghissar, Darvaz, Alai, the W. Pamirs.

HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Inhabiting most different types of open landscapes from fields and gardens to mountain meadows at 2,700 m a.s.1. Flight period: March-October in two to four generations. Pupa hibernating. Outbreaks are common, with particular damages to Brassica spp.

Photo and text: Guide to the BUTTERFLIES OF RUSSIA and adjacent territories Volume 1. PENSOFT, Sofia - Moscow. 1997




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