Ganyra josephina janeta (Dixey) (Leipdoptera: Pieridae), a Butterfly Recorded on the Mainland of Trinidad for the First Time in Over 100 Years

John Morrall

Abstract


Ganyra josephina janeta (Dixey) is a white butterfly of the Pieridae family, with subspecies janeta being known only from Venezuela and some of Venezuela's offshore islands. It has been referred to as Pieris sevanta janeta and Ascia menciae janeta in the Trinidad literature (Cock 2014). In his book The Butterflies of Trinidad and Tobago, Malcolm Barcant (1970) did not accept it as a valid species for Trinidad and Tobago, although he noted that a single specimen had been recorded from Teteron Bay (on the Chaguaramas Peninsula) in 1904. There were no further records until Urich (1978) discovered it on Gasparee Is- land, also on the Chaguaramas Peninsula, so it was finally confirmed as occurring on Trinidad and Tobago.

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