Lemon Emigrant
Catopsilia pomona, Fabricius

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Seasonal Variations

Form crocale. Both sexes have black antenna and the undersides are devoid of spots or rings. 

Upper side: The ground colour is white or chalky white. The basal and anal area of the wings are bright pale yellow. The termen and costa of the forewing are narrowly black.
Upper hind wing: Rarely has any markings.
Under side: Ground colour yellow or yellowish-white, more ochreous in the male, and is devoid of markings.
Upper side: Creamy white to yellow. Black spot in forewing cell with a small black bar dorsally to the costa. The black bands on the termen well defined and broad on both wings. The band on the forewing reaches the tornus and is widest at the apex. The forewing cell is bordered dorsally by a wide black band.
Under side: Similar to the male.

Form pomona. Both sexes have pink to rose coloured antenna. The cells on the under side of both wings have conspicuous pearl-centered, ringed spots.

Upper side: Very similar to crocale, but the black band on the forewing is narrower and is confined to the apical half of the costa and termen.
Under side: Greenish-white.
Upper side: Bright sulfur-yellow to white. The narrow black band along the costal margin runs about a third of the length. The band on the termen runs almost to the tornus, and the inner edge is serrated. There is a circular black spot at the end of the forewing cell. On the hind wing, there are small black markings where the veins meet the termen.
Under side: Usually a darker orange-yellow than the upper side, but quite variable from reddish brown to almost white. Pearly spots as in the male. In some specimens, these spots are surrounded by dark reddish-brown areas. This is form Catilla.


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