Australian Painted Lady
Female, dark body
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||White & Yellow Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Pieridae)|
|Species:||Caper White (Belenois java ssp teutonia)|
|This Photo:||Female, white body|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
The males and females can be separated by a black 'apical' mark on the forewings that can be seen on either side. It's like a sex mark/band seen in other butterflies. Unusually, here, it is thicker in the female and thinner in the male.
The images on wiki have the sex the wrong way around. In dark form females this mark joins with the thick outer wing band to become non-distinct.
The amount of yellowing isn't gender related.
Thanks to Matt Endacott on iNaturalist for picking up our gender errors