Appias paulina distanti

Moore 1905 - The Lesser Albatross

Koh Samui only.

This species is very similar to a female form of Appias albina albina. It is also appears to be very much rarer on Samui, but the difficulty in distinguishing the two species on the wing, could mean that it is commoner than I believe.

Flight Period

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50 - 60mm

Early Stages

Only partially known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.2 , Page 392.

Larval Foodplant

Not known but probably species of Capparidaeceae.


Sri Lanka and India through to New Guinea and Australia.