A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
Delias eucharis Drury, 1773
Scientific classification Kingdom : Animalia Phylum : Arthropoda Class : Insecta Order : Lepidoptera Family : Pieridae Genus : Delias Species : D. eucharis
It is the most common butterfly in the country and may be seen up to 4000 feet in elevation widely distributed from sea level to the highest elevations. It is found everywhere - in cities, villages, cultivated areas, home gardens, forests, just about anywhere which has trees to support the semi-parasitic mistletoe.
It flies slowly and leisurely, well aware that its unpalatable qualities do not warrant speed or agility. Its flight is slow, but quite powerful. The wings tumble rather than ‘beat’ and the butterfly looks as if it is being powered by rubber bands. It moves very deliberately from flower to flower and slowly enough for the wonderful red, yellow, white and black colors to appear, as though it was using little colored flags in a kind of curious insect semaphore. It flies high up in the canopy in search of suitable mates or plants for egg laying. It flies wherever its larval food plant flourishes, but rarely above 4,000 feet and in the early morning hours, it descends to nectar on flowers of small shrubs and herbs. It is a butterfly of early morning and late afternoon; although on very hot days it will fly all day in search of moisture, especially from road side puddles or riverside pools. They are most noticeably active in the hill country, when the morning mists are just beginning to lift, and the flowers are still spotted with dew.