Yellow (Common) Albatross Appias paulina Wingspan: 53 mm Sighted at Claire Cottage:October - April Oct 2015; Nov 2016; Dec 2015, 2017; Jan 2015, 2018; Feb 2015; Mar 2015, 2020; Apl 2013;
Status at Claire Cottage: Initially uncommon, becoming increasingly common visiting many summer days.
Female, 24 Dec 2017
Male on Buddleia, 24 Dec 2017
Larval Food Plants Capparis canescens and Drypetes deplanchei
We saw sufficient numbers of these butterflies late summer and early autumn, 2015 to believe they were migrating.
Until 2015 it was an infrequent visitor to our garden but that year we sighted the Yellow Albatross on our property in five different months. We wonder if this may be due to the increase of nectar plants in our garden. It rarely feeds on a flower for long enough for us to get the camera and take a photo.
The butterfly pictured on this page that visited us in early December 2015 appeared newly emerged suggesting it bred nearby.
Male Yellow Albatross feeding on Buddleia
Female feeding on Parsonsia, 6 Feb 2015
Male Yellow Albatross, 20 Dec 2017
Female Yellow Albatross in our garden, 20th Dec 2017
Female Yellow Albatross in our garden, 20th Dec. 2017
Female, 13 Jan 2018, 8.37am
Male, 24 Dec 2017, 11.10am
Last annual autumn sighting - Claire Cottage: 22/04/18 @ 02.30pm 3 males feeding together on Parsonsia stramina flowers at the top of Memory Hill, Claire Cottage. Winter sightings @ Claire Cottage 02/06/18 @ 10.30am a female feeding on Buddleia.