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  Red-banded Jezebel (Delias mysis)





Red-banded Jezebel | Delias mysis photo
The Union Jack Butterfly

Image by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



RED-BANDED JEZEBEL FACTS

Identification
The upper wing surface of the Red-banded Jezebel butterfly is white with black border at the outer wing edge. Female butterflies have broader black border than males. The underside of the hindwings is brightly coloured with broad yellow band at the wing base and bright red band edged with red near the wing tips.

Other Names
Union Jack Butterfly

Size
length 57mm

Habitat
rainforest. Northern Territory subspecies found in swampland and mangroves

Food
Red-banded Jezebel larvae feed on various species of Mistletoe plants (Dendrophthoe spp.)

Range
found along the coastal tropics of Queensland from Mackay to the tip of Cape York. There is also a subspecies in a restricted area of the top end of the Northern Territory



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pieridae
Genus:Delias
Species:mysis
Common Name:Red-banded Jezebel

Relatives in same Genus
  Scarlet Jezebel (D. argenthona)
  Imperial Jezebel (D. harpalyce)