Female Lemon Migrant summer form (dark) feeding on buddleia
Lemon Migrant Catopsilia pomona Wingspan: 58 mm
Sighted: August to April - on average we sight Lemon Migrants at Claire Cottage once every two years.
Larval Food Plants: Cassia and Senna
The Lemon Migrant is not known to breed on the Plateau which is thought to be too cold for its known Cassia and Senna food plants to survive. It is a common butterfly on the coast where its food plants thrive. Lemon Migrants are migratory and are sometimes seen on the Plateau. According to Braby in Butterflies of Australia it is usually the 'dark form' that migrates.
The Lemon Migrant is a strong fast flyer but will stop in the garden for a nectar feed on many flowers.
Pale form Lemon Migrant, Claire Cottage Dorrigo Plateau, 15 Apr 2018 11.39 am
The same female summer form Lemon Migrant and bee enjoying nectar
Senna acclinis grows in the Bellinger Valley (Photo Ross Macleay)
Although out-of-focus this photograph clearly shows identifying features of the same summer form Lemon Migrant
Male winter (pale) form Lemon Migrant feeding on Pentas
Last annual autumn sighting - Dorrigo Plateau: 22/04/18