Yellow Albatross Butterfly - Appias paulina


This page contains information and pictures about Yellow Albatross Butterflies in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Common Albatross.

Female, wingspan 60mm
The male and female look quite different, with the male being mostly white but with yellow hindwings on the underside, while the female has broad dark black margins to the wings. Their flight is rapid and usually high off the ground. They are a well known migrant butterfly. During mid summer season, they can be seen flying across Brisbane, moving toward the south.
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In the recorded high temperature 2004 summer, we saw many of Yellow Albatross Butterflies flying across Brisbane, from north to south.
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1. The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby, Australian National University, CSIRO 2004, p140. 

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Last updated: February 21, 2012.