PIERINAE, PIERIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
These Caterpillars feed on the foliage of various plants from the genus Capparis, including:
although they have also been found on
The upper surfaces of the wings of the male butterflies are white.
The females have white wings with black edges. The black apical area of the fore wings contains white spots.
The undersides of the fore wings are like the upper surfaces, but the undersides of the hind wings are yellow. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species occurs as various subspecies across south-east Asia, including
and as the subspecies albina in Australia in
Further reading :
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Species Général des Lépidoptéres,
Histoire naturelle des insectes,
Volume 1 (1836), pp. 480-481, No 62.
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p. 328.
(updated 1 January 2012, 19 March 2015)