Appias melania

This Caterpillar feeds on:

  • Drypetes species ( EUPHORBIACEAE ).

The upper surfaces of the fore wings of the adult butterflies are grey fading to white toward the margins, with a black apex containing white spots. The hind wings have irregular black margins fading to white at the bases.

The undersides of the fore wings are grey, black, white and yellow. The undersides of the hind wings are dark grey-brown, each with a dark band. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

The species occurs only around Cairns in northern Queensland, Australia. Discover more about Appias paulina.