A Butterfly Overlooked

Dancing among the weeds

Red-banded Jezebel, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

I had dismissed the butterfly as a Cabbage White (Pieris rapae, Pieridae), native to Europe but now the Nemesis of brassica-growers in many parts of the world. The Cabbage White arrived in Melbourne in 1929, and by the 1970s it was all over the place, including Far North Queensland. A mid-sized white butterfly dancing around the weeds in a garden — what else was it likely to be?

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Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com

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Bronwen Scott

Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com

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