Elodina walkeri Butler, 1898
Small 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 walkeri
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The upper surfaces of the wings of the adult butterfly are white with black wingtips, and are grey along the leading edges of the forewings. The undersides are white with grey wingtips, and have an orange tinge at the base of each forewing. The butterfly has a wingspan of about 4 cms.

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

    The species is found in the north of Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 316-317.

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of some new species of butterflies in the subfamily Pierinae,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    7th Series, Volume 1 (1898), p. 294.


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    (updated 1 January 2012, 29 October 2013, 14 April 2015)