Elodina perdita Miskin, 1889
Northern Pearl White
PIERINAE ,   PIERIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is known to feed on :

  • Wild Orange ( Capparis sepiaria, CAPPARACEAE ).

    Elodina perdita
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The upper surfaces of the wings of the adult butterfly are white with black tips to the forewings. The undersides are white with grey forewing tips, and a pale yellow suffusion toward the base of each forewing. The butterfly has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    Elodina perdita
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The species is found in the tropics in

  • Indonesia,

    and in the tropical north of Australia in

  • Queensland.
    There it breeds in the coastal rainforest adjacent to Melaleuca swamps between Ingham to Mackay. This habitat is seriously threatened, so this species is also under threat.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 318-319.


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    (updated 1 January 2012)