Catopsilia scylla cornelia

Fabricius 1787 - The Orange Emigrant

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

An unmistakeable species, even when flying. It has pale cream forewings and bright orange hindwings  which show up clearly, even from a distance. The underside is uniformly orange with thin darker submarginal lines on each wing.

This is the rarest of the three Catopsilia species found here. It is less likely to be found in gardens, preferring leafy roadside edges.

Flight Period



50 - 60mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resource: ButterflyCircle Blog (courtesy of Dr. Horace Tan.)

Larval Foodplant

Cassia sp and Tephrosia candida


S. Burma, through the Malay Peninsular and along the Indonesian Archipelago, the Moluccas to Australia. However, it is absent from Borneo.