(one synonym : Colias jugurthina Godart, 1819)
COLIADINAE, PIERIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Butterfly House, Coffs Harbour)
The Caterpillar is green with a dark dorsal stripe, and has a pale green head with black dots. The foodplants of this Caterpillar are various species in the family CAESALPINIACEAE :
as well as the exotics :
The Caterpillar usually rests lying along the midrib of a leaf, making it very difficult to see. The pupa is also hard to see, as it closely resembles a leaf. It is green with a pointed head, and often attached upright to a stem of the foodplant by cremaster and girdle.
The adults have a wingspan up to 6 cms. The wings of the male are white with black wingtips, and a yellow blush toward the hinges.
The wings of the female are pale yellow with black edges and spots.
Underneath, the wings are dirty white with dark orange markings.
(Specimens: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)
The eggs are pale yellow and barrel-shaped with ribs. They are laid singly on leaflets of a foodplant.
The species occurs from Madagascar through south-east Asia, including :
and in Australia in:
This species is featured at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. Butterflies of this species may be purchased for release at weddings etc.
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 291-293.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
Systema Entomologiae (1775), p. 479, No. 158.
Frank Jordan & Helen Schwencke,
Create More Butterflies : a guide to 48 butterflies and their host-plants
Earthling Enterprises, Brisbane, 2005, p. 28.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 223.
(updated 4 December 2009, 20 september 2013, 19 March 2015)