Southern Pearl-white Elodina angulipennis Wingspan: 37-38 mm Sighted at Claire Cottage: September, October & February
Distribution: S.E. QLD, N.E. NSW south to Sydney.
Southern Pearl White, Elodina angulipennis, Forestville, Sydney
A male in flight approaching a female in Forestville, Sydney
Southern Pearl-white in Forestville, Sydney
Female laying eggs on C. arborea at Forestville, Sydney
Cathedral Rocks National Park, northern NSW
Southern Pearl-white larva in Forestville, Sybney
Southern Pearl-white visiting our Dorrigo garden
Capparis arborea flower Forestville, Sydney (Photo Keith Deane))
Southern Pearl-white Elodina angulipennis Wingspan: 37-38 mm Distribution: S.E. QLD, N.E. NSW south to Sydney.
Butterfly Sightings * CLAIRE COTTAGE: : Sept 2006 (3) Oct 2005, 2006, 2011, 2018, 2019 Feb 2006, 2018; This butterfly is an infrequent visitor to our property. * DORRIGO PLATEAU: None to date
CLAIRE COTTAGE: None to date
DORRIGO PLATEAU: None to date
ELSEWHERE: Forestville, Sydney
Larval food plants:
CLAIRE COTTAGE: CAPPARACEAE:Capparis arborea,
DORRIGO PLATEAU: (as for Claire Cottage)
ELSEWHERE: CAPPARACEAE: as for Claire Cottage plus, Capparis canescens, C. velutina
Larval Food Plant experience: . We planted 3 Capparis arborea in our previous garden in Forestville, Sydney in the 1980's & 1990's. We are attempting to grow them here at a much higher altitude, 800 metres. C. arborea is however a slow growing tree at the best of times and apears even slower here where it has to contend with much colder winters including some heavy frost. Whilst 50% of our 6 trees are still alive they have proved extremely slow growing at this altitude.
Butterflies that appear similar in flight: Two other Pearl-whites, E. parthia and E. padusa, may be found on the Plateau. For correct identification a good photo is preferred. Cabbage Whites can often be a similar small size, hiwever they have black spots on their forewings.
Colonising: Southern Pearl-whites took fifteen years to discover and then start a colony on the Capparis arborea trees we planted in our Forestville, Sydney garden. It was as if they wanted our trees to reach a certain maturity before they would deposit eggs on them. Prior to that the only known Sydney colony was in the Sydney Botanical Gardens, later another colony developed on a C. arborea planted in an Avalon, Sydney garden. Sadly because of C. arborea's slow growth on the Plateau we expect to be waiting a long time before seeing a colony on our Claire Cottage property.
Status Dorrigo Plateau: infrequently seen Flight habit: Throughout the day. Last autumn sighting - Claire Cottage, Dorrigo Plateau: 00/02/18,