Small Pearl White
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
© Davis Fischer
genus Elodina comprises of about 25
species, found variously in Australia, New Guinea and the islands of
the South Pacific. There are 7 species in Australia, all members of
the walkeri subgroup.
Elodina species are very similar in
appearance, with pearly white wings and a black apex. Most species
have greyish shading along the basal area of the costa.
is found in Arnhem Land and Cape York in the north of Australia.
This species inhabits open
forested areas at elevations between about 100-1000m.
The egg is creamy white and is laid singly on leaves of wild orange
Capparis ( Capparaceae ). The larva is
pale green with a thin white dorsal stripe, and is covered with tiny
warts from which arise short setae. The pupa is pale green with a
white lateral line and a white line along the dorsal keel. It is
attached vertically to a twig or stem by the cremaster and a silk
Both sexes have a slow delicate flight.
They visit a wide range of herbaceous flowers, and often bask on
leaves, with their wings held half open.