RECORD: Darwin, C. R.  Wallace A.R. `Transactions of the Entomological Society' 4: 301 1867. [1867] CUL-DAR81.104. Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe. (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrected and edited by John van Wyhe. RN1

NOTE: 104 verso is transcribed from a photograph taken by van Wyhe, 8.2011.

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Sex. Select.

Transact. Ent. Soc. Vol. IV Part 3, p. 301. Wallace

The Pieridae throughout the world are generally characterized by white & yellow colours, like the cabbage, orange tip, & brimstone buterflies, but in the tropics other forms appear by their side decorated with a variety of colours, & spacing to some extent the forms & makings of the more brilliant families of butterflies. It is to be observed, however, that in most cases the general colour of the insect is white, yellow or black, & even in those exceptional cases in which the wings are entirely red or blackish-grey, the female of the same

104 verso

"species, or of the closest allied to it, present us with the usual simple colours." — Various colour characteristics of other families are entirely absent in this group. —

(Now are there cases in which both sexes of Pieridae are coloured "red or black grey"?)

Mem from the expression "of one closely allied to it" I infer that both sexes are brightly & abnormally coloured in some species

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