|Pale Clouded Yellow|
Pale Clouded Yellow (Colias hyale) is a small butterfly of the Family Pieridae, that is, the Yellows and Whites, which is found in most of Europe and large parts of Asia. It is a migrant to the British Isles and Scandinavia.
The upperside of the male is more or less light lemon-yellow, with the black marginal and submarginal bands more or less complete on both wings; the black middle spot of the forewing large, in centre of hindwing an orange-yellow double spot; base of wings more or less dusted with black. The underside is bright yellow, being somewhat lighter on the forewing, with small marginal and larger submarginal red-brown spots; the middle spot of the forewing black with pale centre, the hindwing bearing a double spot which is mother-of-pearl colour, encircled by a double ring of red-brown; fringes above and beneath, as well as head and antenna red-brown. In the female the ground-colour of the upperside and the proximal area of the underside of the forewing is white, being slightly yellowish.
The egg is bottle-shaped, whitish, with yellowish brown stripes. The larva is bluish green or grass-green, velvety, there being on the back two rows of blackish dots which are traversed by two thin yellow longitudinal lines, above the legs a yellow or reddish longitudinal side-line, head dark green; the autumnal larvae without black dorsal spots.Pupa green, with yellow lateral lines.
Flower meadows up to 2,000 metres a.s.l.
- Colias hyale hyale Europe, Ukraine S. Russia
- Colias hyale alta Staudinger, 1886 a large form with a broad black marginal band provisionally accepted as a full species that flies only at high altitudes in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan "but it may only be a subspecies of C. hyale".
by Grieshuber & Lamas, 2007 
- Colias hyale altaica Verity, 1911 Altaï
- Colias hyale irkutskana Stauder, 1924
- Colias hyale palidis Fruhstorfer, 1910 East Siberia
- Colias hyale novasinensis Reissinger, 1989 Gansu
- Josef Grieshuber & Gerardo Lamas (2007). "A synonymic list of the genus Colias Fabricius, 1807 (Lepidoptera: Pieridae)" (PDF). Mitteilungen der Münchner Entomologischen Gesellschaft 97: 131–171.
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