Unknown Pupae from Australia might be Imperial Jezebel

Subject:  Pupa identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Canberra Australia
Date: 10/06/2018
Time: 05:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Been trying to identify this but coming up with no idea. It looks like a tent caterpillar web but not their pupae…
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks

Possibly Pupae of Imperial Jezebel

We wish your image had more critical detail, especially of the individual pupae.  We do not believe these pupae belong to a caterpillar.  We will continue to research this matter, but in the meanwhile, we are posting your request as Unidentified.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Richard Stickney, we believe these might be the pupae of the Imperial Jezebel or Imperial White, Delias harpalyce, which is pictured on The Victoria Museum site.

4 thoughts on “Unknown Pupae from Australia might be Imperial Jezebel”

  1. I haven’t seen them personally, but I’ve seen another photo like it. These are pupae of a Jezebel or Imperial White butterfly, Delias sp.

  2. I have the exact same pupae with webbing in my front garden at the moment. I am in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.
    So far I have two Imperial Jezebel butterflies that have not flow away? Is this normal? They have been there for a few days. I can send pictures if you like.


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