Delias mysis

Delias mysis

Delias mysis

(Red-banded Jezebel, Union Jack)

FAMILY

Pieridae

Species

Delias mysis

Common name(s)

Red-banded Jezebel, Union Jack

Main colour(s)

White

Distinctive features

Wingspan 57/56 mm; red and yellow on hind

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

The larval food plants are several species of mistletoes particularly Dendrophthoe glabrescens. Mature larvae yellowish green to pale green; some long white hairs arise from a white spot; head black with white hair. Adults are basically white, near the apex of the fore wing there are about 5 white spots enclosed by black, narrow terminal band on hind broader in female; lower surface white but some with red and yellow markings.