Great southern white

Wing span:

Identification: Males have creamish-white wings while females have pale yellow to brown wings. Both males and females have dark brown apex, costal margin and termenal margin and submargin on the upperside of the forewings. The apex and subapex of the forewings as well as all of the hindwings may appear bright yellow with brown markings on the underside in both males and females. Males more typically have a creamish-white underside with brown veins.

Variation: There is great variation in the wing colour of females, with some specimens being pale yellow with dark brown margins and others being entirely brown with dark brown veins or whitish with brown veins. There is variation in the wing colour of males as well, with some specimens being creamish-white with bright yellow hindwings and forewing apex on the underside and others being white (on both upper- and undersides) with dark brown forewing apex and margins.



Larval food plantCapparis flexuosaCleome spinosa, Crataeva tapiaPolanisia dodecandraRorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (Warren et al., 2013)

Adult food: Flower nectar of Ageratum, Ixora and Lantana

Reported from: Albion (Region 6)