Animalia > Arthropoda > Insecta > Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Pieridae > Ascia > Ascia monuste

Ascia monuste (Great southern white)

Synonyms: Pieris evonima; Pieris joppe; Pieris suasa; Pieris vallei

Wikipedia Abstract

Ascia monuste, the great southern white or in Argentina as the pirpinto, is a butterfly which is the only species in the genus Ascia of the Pieridae family. In this species the sexes may differ with the female being either light or dark colored. It is found from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, south through tropical America to Argentina. It is migratory along the southeastern coast of the United States, with strays to Maryland, Kansas, and Colorado. The wingspan is 63–86 mm. Adults are on wing all year round in southern Texas, peninsular Florida and along the Gulf Coast.
View Wikipedia Record: Ascia monuste


Wing Span [1]  2.008 inches (.051 m)

Prey / Diet


Helmitheros vermivorum (Worm-eating Warbler)[2]
Hyla squirella (Squirrel Treefrog)[2]


Pollinator of 
Lantana camara (lantana)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License