Tropical White Butterflies Ascia orseis
The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.
Mud puddling is one of the favorite pastime of these male Ascia butterflies. After rain, they congregate on muddy banks of river and glean minerals for their frantic mating activities. I found several hundred of these butterflies at the roadside. These tropical Pierids belong to the same family as the common cabbage white butterflies. Many whites incorporate other coloration such as yellows and reds which they derived from their own waste products.