Catopsilia pyranthe

Mottled Emigrant

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Pieridae”
Sub Family: “Coliadinae”
Estimated Lifespan 9 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 0
Total Number of Pupae Received: 1113
First Flown On: 12/26/03
Last Flown On: 11/18/22

Species Range:

  • “Australia” “Asia”

Host plants:

  • Cassia occidentalis
  • fistula
  • tora
  • auriculata
  • Ormocapum cochinchinense

Food Source

Adults frequent flowers such as Lantana and Catunaregam. Adult males will puddle at moist areas to take up minerals.


This butterfly is common in many habitats: Acacia scrub, open woodlands, gardens and wasteland.

Life history

After mating the female lays eggs individually or in groups of 3-4 on the leaves of the host plant. The caterpillar feeds on the host plant until it forms its chrysalis.


In their range there are multiple generations making it possible to find adults year round.

Fun Facts

This butterfly earned its name as a result of its migration behaviors. The adults can be observed flying in groups from one breeding site to another.