Delias argenthona

Delias argenthona

Delias argenthona

(Northern Jezebel)

FAMILY

Pieridae

Species

Delias argenthona

Common name

Northern Jezebel

Main colour(s)

White or pale yellow

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 62/61 mm, red spots on hind

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

Larval food plants are mistletoes, on campus Amyema miquelii and Dendrophthoe glabrescens are the main ones. Mature larvae have a dark greenish–pink to pinkish brown to yellowish-brown body with a row of white spots bearing long white hairs; head black with a black anal segment. Adults are white or pale yellow, margins black with some white spots, veins black; lower surface hind wing has a broad yellow area at the base and outer area black with a scarlet spot in each cell.