Colias erate

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Pale Clouded Yellow
Colias erate poliographus sep01 edited.png
Colias erate poliographus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Coliadini
Genus: Colias
Species: C. erate
Binomial name
Colias erate
(Esper, 1805)
Synonyms
  • Papilio erate Esper, 1803
  • Colias electo ab. kostlani Strand, 1911
  • Colias erate marnoana f. solilucis Berger, 1953
  • Colias erate marnoana f. androides Storace, 1956
  • Colias neriene Fischer von Waldheim, 1823
  • Colias afghana O. Bang-Haas, 1927
  • Colias albida Rühl, [1893]
  • Colias androconiata Jachontov, 1910
  • Colias beckeri Gerhard, 1882
  • Colias erate edusoides Verity, 1908
  • Colias erate benesignata Sheljuzhko, 1913
  • Colias chryseis Röber, [1907]
  • Colias chrysodona Boisduval, 1840
  • Colias chrysohyaleoides Verity, [1908]
  • Colias chrysopallida Verity, [1908]
  • Colias chrysothemoides Verity, [1908]
  • Colias citronea Mezger, 1932
  • Colias conjuncta Verity, [1908]
  • Colias costaenigrata Mezger, 1932
  • Colias diffusa Verity, [1908]
  • Colias flavomaculata Mezger, 1932
  • Colias garica Verity, 1911
  • Colias helichta Lederer, 1853
  • Colias helichta Talbot, 1935
  • Colias erate erate f. androconiata Jachontov, 1910
  • Colias hyaleoides Grum-Grshimailo, 1890
  • Colias erate ab. maculigena Avinoff, 1910
  • Colias pallida Staudinger, 1861
  • Colias parva Rühl, [1893]
  • Colias semifaillaei Pionneau, 1928
  • Colias unimaculata Pionneau, 1928
  • Colias chrysocoma Grum-Grshimailo, 1893
  • Colias hera Grum-Grshimailo, 1893
  • Colias erate gigantea Verity, 1911
  • Colias erate tania Hemming, 1933
  • Colias glicia Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • Colias kachgarica Verity, 1911
  • Colias poliographus Motschulsky, 1860
  • Colias simoda de l'Orza, 1869
  • Colias immamis Verity, 1911
  • Colias murina Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • Colias napata Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • Colias pyxagathus Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • Colias hyale zuzuki Matsumura, 1908
  • Colias tokotana Bryk, 1942

The Pale Clouded Yellow (Colias erate) is a butterfly in the Pieridae family. It is found from South-eastern Europe, through Turkey over Central Asia up to Japan and Taiwan. South, its range stretches to Somalia and Ethiopia.

The wingspan is 23–26 mm. The butterfly flies in May to September in two generations.

The larvae feed on various Fabaceae species, such as Medicago sativa and Medicago, Trifolium, Onobrychis and Melilotus species.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Colias erate erate (Ukraine, Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kirhizia, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan)
  • Colias erate amdensis Verity, 1911 (China: Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan)
  • Colias erate marnoana Rogenhofer, 1884 (Sudan, Ethiopia, south-western Arabia)
  • Colias erate sinensis Verity, 1911 (Mandschuria, North Korea)
  • Colias erate formosana Shirôzu, 1955 (Taiwan)
  • Colias erate lativitta Moore, 1882 (Nepal, northern India)
  • Colias erate poliographus Motschulsky, 1860 (Japan, Amur, Ussuri, Sakhalin, Tian Shan)
  • Colias erate tomarias Bryk, 1942 (Kuriles)
  • Colias erate naukratis Fruhstorfer, 1909 (Altai, southern Siberia, Transbaikalia)
  • Colias erate nilagiriensis C. & R. Felder, 1859 (southern India)

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Colias erate feeding on nectar of Rhododendron albrechtii