White (Common)Migrant Catopsilia pyranthe Wingspan: 53 mm Sighted: September - May
This White Migrant 'pale form female' (Catopsilia pyranthe) hung around the Buddleia for a few days in April 2018
Larval Food Plants: Cassia and Senna and in particular Senna aciphylla, S. barclayana, S. clavigera, S. sophera.
The White Migrant is not known to breed on the Plateau which is thought to be too cold for any of its known Cassia and Senna food plants to survive. It is a more common butterfly on the coast where its food plants thrive. White Migrants are seen on the Plateau during migratory flights. They have visited our garden in plentiful numbers during October 2016.
This butterfly is a strong fast flyer but will stop in the garden for a nectar feed on many flowers.
7 March 2015 - Dark form male White Migrant (Catopsilia pyranthe).
White Migrant (Catopsilia pyranthe) 1 Mar 2015, 11.03 am
Male White Migrant (Catopsilia pyranthe) pale form
Senna acclinis in the Bellinger Valley (Photo Ross Macleay)
Last annual autumn sighting - Dorrigo Plateau: 16/04/18
Interesting Facts: In unseasonally warm weather for mid April on the Plateau, what appeared to be the same single White Migrant butterfly (pale form, female), stayed with us between 12th and 16th April 2018 feeding on the few remaining buddliea flowers on our many buddleia bushes. Migrant butterflies usually visit us for very short stays appearing to be always on a journey desiring to rush away heading towards an unknown destination.