Southern Pearl-white Elodina angulipennis Wingspan: 37-38 mm Sighted: September - February
Southern Pearl White, Forestville NSW
Larval Food Plants Capparis sp. The tree growing in our previous garden in Forestville is C. arborea which we are also attempting to grow here. It is however a slow growing tree.
Similar Butterflies: Two other Pearl-whites, E. parthia and E. padusa, may be found on the Plateau. Also Cabbage Whites but they have black spots on their forewings.
This butterfly is a rare visitor to our property.
The Southern Pearl-white butterflies took fifteen years to discover and start a colony on the Capparis we planted in our Forestville garden. Prior to that the only known Sydney colony was the one in the Botanical Gardens.
A male in flight approaching a female in Forestville
Southern Pearl-white in Forestville
Female laying eggs on C. arborea at Forestville
Cathedral Rocks National Park
Southern Pearl-white larva in Forestville
Southern Pearl-white visiting our Dorrigo garden
Capparis arborea flower Forestville (Photo Keith Deane))