(one synonym : Papilio lewini Thon, 1828)
PIERINAE, PIERIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
The eggs of this species are laid in groups on the foodplant, and are yellow and each has a height of about 0.15 cm.
The Caterpillar is dark green with two rows of yellow spots, each sprouting a white hair. The head is black. It feeds gregariously on various species of Mistletoe ( LORANTHACEAE ) including :
The effects of temperature on the development of the caterpillar has been studied.
It pupates on the foodplant or nearby. The pupae are orange with black spikes and a pair on long white horns on the head.
The upper sides of the male adult butterflies are white with black tips containing white spots on the forewings, and narrow black margins around the hindwings.
The females on top are grey with wide black edges, which contain white spots near the forewing tips.
Underneath, both sexes are black with a yellow band on the forewing, and an irregular broken red loop around each hindwing. The adults have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
An unusual form with yellow underneath occurs occasionally.
The species occurs along the eastern seaboard of Australia, from
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 336-337.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta,
Volume 3, Part 1 (1793), p. 200, No. 625.
A "new" host plant for the Black Jezebel (Delias nigrina) butterfly,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Newsletter Issue 48 (March 2008), pp. 15-16.
A new host plant for the Black or Common Jezebel butterfly (Delias nigrina),
Issue 62 (September 2011), p. 26,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 224.
(updated 1 May 2009, 29 October 2013, 12 April 2015)