Colotis amata calais - Topaz tip, Topaz arab

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Colotis amata
Colotis amata
Colotis amata

Photo(s): Bart Wursten (left and right) and Petra Ballings (centre), Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Species details:

Note: A rather weak flyer, close to the ground, often settling on flowers (on Tridax procumbens in the images above).
Distribution: Throughout tropical Africa and South Africa, Madagascar,Iran, Arabia, India and Sri Lanka.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
CapparaceaeCapparis (Larval food plant)
Larval food (by plant species):
SalvadoraceaeSalvadora persica var. persica (Food plant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 287.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 322.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Pieridae subfamily Pierinae "Colotis" group, Online Encyclopaedia p. 3.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Colotis amata calais., retrieved 18 July 2024

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