- This page contains information
and pictures about Whites and Yellows butterflies FAMILY PIERIDAE in
the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Most of the butterflies in this family are small to medium in size. They
are mainly white or yellow with black edges on wings. Some have red
and yellow patterns beneath their wings. They don't have tails on hindwings.
Males and females may look a little bit different. Females usually a bit
darker with boarder black wing-edges.
- Their flight is rapid and usually fly erratically amongst plants. Some
species have the habit of mass migration, which usually usually from north
to south with hundreds of thousands pf butterflies. Why these movements
occur has yet to be explained.
- Their caterpillars are worm-like, slightly hairy, usually green or reddish brown in colours. They are usually well camouflaged. Their pupae are
sometimes spiny and pointed in both ends. They are attached
to stems or flat surfaces.
- The family PIERIDAE includes four subfamilies. Two occur in Australia, COLIADINAE
- Butterflies in this subfamily COLIADINAE are usually yellow in colour,
with black patterns on wings.
Butterflies in this subfamily PIERINAE are usually white in colour, with
black patterns on wings. In some species there are yellow and/or red patterns
on the hind-wings bottom sides.
More Butterflies - by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke,
Earthling Enterprises, 2005.
2. Australian Butterflies - Charles McCubbin, Nelson, Sydney, 1971.
3. The Complete
Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby,
Australian National University, CSIRO 2004.
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