Leptosia nina (Fabricius, 1793)
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Leptosia nina
(Photo: courtesy of Biology Department of National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan)

This Caterpillar feeds on various plants from the family CAPPARACEAE including :

  • Sticky Spider-flower ( Cleome viscosa ),
  • Indian Caper ( Capparis rheedei ), and
  • Temple Plant ( Crateva religiosa ).

    The adult butterflies have white wngs with a black wingtips, and an extra black spot by the tip of each forewing. Underneath: the wing patterns are similar, except the underside of each hindwing is pale yellow. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Leptosia nina
    (Photo: courtesy of Chin Fah Shin)

    Various subspecies occur throughout south-east Asia, for example in:

  • India,
  • Indonesia, and
  • Thailand.

    In Australia, the species has only been found in a small area of the north of

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p. 320.

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta,
    Volume 3, Part 1 (1793), p. 194, No. 604.


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    (updated 6 January 2010, 29 October 2013, 14 April 2015)