aussietrev Northern Jezebel
Location: Queensland. Australia
September 19, 2011 10:14 pm
Hi guys,
Thought you might like to add this Northern Jezebel to your archive. Flitting through my vegetable patch dining from a radish let go to flower, they make a stunning sight.
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Northern Jezebel

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for providing us with such a lovely photo of this beautiful member of the family Pieridae, the Whites and Sulfurs. According to the Butterfly House website of Australian species, the Northern Jezebel is
Delias argenthona, and it is found in parts of New Guinea and Australia.  We cannot help but to wonder how this lovely species as well as its relatives have gotten the lascivious common name of Jezebel, and since we don’t have the time to research the matter, we are going to let our imaginations run wild.  Whenever we hear the name Jezebel, we immediately think of the classic black and white film starring Bette Davis as a headstrong Southern Belle who creates a scandal when she wears a red dress to a ball.  Red is a rare color among the members of the family Pieridae, so the almost garish markings on the Northern Jezebel and other members of the genus are most distinctive, and could have been a contributing factor in the selection of the common name.  You can see the red dress scene from Jezebel on YouTube.

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Location: Australia

2 Responses to Northern Jezebel from Australia

  1. aussietrev says:

    Been meaning to comment but kept getting sidetracked. The Jezebel name, and the “E spelling” comes from the Bible where she is often referred to as the “painted whore” who seduced men to gain advantage over them.

    2 Kings 9:30

    30 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it, and she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out the window.

    She also worshiped the gods of the fields and weather so perhaps the name is doubly apt.

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