(previously known as Thyca ennia)
PIERINAE, PIERIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
This Caterpillar is greyish-green with raised white spots. It has rows of long white hairs along its body. It feeds on :
Young instars are gregarious, but later instars are solitary. The caterpillars spread silk around the leaves where they are feeding.
The pupa is formed often some metres from the foodplant. It is yellow and has a forked head. Its length is about 2.5 cms.
The butterflies have a wingspan of about 5 cms. The upper surfaces of the wings of the male butterfly are white with a black band around the edge containing white spots at the apex of each forewing.
The undersides of the forewings are similar but with yellow spots by the apex. The undersides of the hind wings have a border of black containing an arc of orange spots. The underside of each wing has an orange base.
The female has white upper surfaces with a broad black band along the edge of each wing. Near the apex of each forewing, the black band contains some white spots.
The underside of the female is white, with a broad black area by the apex of each forewing containing white and yellow spots. Each hindwing is half black toward the outer edge, and has an arc of orange spots around the edge.
The eggs are laid in neat groups all aligned in rows. They are white, spindle-shaped, and each has a height of about 0.1 cm.
The species is found on
and on the tropical north-east coast of Australia in Queensland as the subspecies :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 332-333.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 223 (listed as Delias innia).
Alfred R. Wallace,
On the Pieridae of the Indian and Australian Regions,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Series 3, Volume 4, Part 3 (1867), p. 355, No. 35, and also Plate 7, figs. 4.
(updated 8 October 2012, 29 October 2013, 12 April 2015)