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.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
CapparaceaeCapparis (Larval food plant)
Related 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Colotis amata calais., retrieved 23 September 2023

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