Colias aurorina

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Colias aurorina
Colias aurorina transcaspica.JPG
Colias aurorina spp. transcaspica from Seitz' 'Die Großschmetterlinge der Welt'
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Coliadini
Genus: Colias
Species: C. aurorina
Binomial name
Colias aurorina

Colias aurorina, the Greek clouded butterfly or dawn clouded yellow, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in Central Greece, the Near East and the Caucasus area. It is rare in former Yugoslavia.

Colias aurorina spp. heldreichi


Colias aurorina is one of the largest species of the genus; the wingspan is 35–70 mm. The upperside of the male is dusky orange -yellow, with moderately broad blackish brown marginal band which is traversed at the apex by yellow veins, the rather large middle spot of the forewing being blackish brown and that of the hindwing large and orange-red. The ground-colour of the female is somewhat brighter red, the dark marginal band bearing large yellow spots, which on the hindwing form a proximally dark-edged band, the dark marginal band being obsolescent.


The butterfly flies from May to July.[2]

The larvae feed on Astracantha and Astragalus species.


  • C. a. aurorina Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Talysh, N. Iran, Turkey
  • C. a. libanotica Lederer, 1858 Considered by some authors as a subspecies of Colias aurorina or as a distinct species. Israel, Lebanon, Turkey
  • C. l.(a.) heldreichi Staudinger, 1862 Greece
  • C. l. (a.) sovarensis Blom, 1979 Iran
  • C. a. daghestanica Verhulst, 1994 Daghestan, Armenia
  • C. a. kermana Eckweiler, 1979 Iran (Kerman)
  • C. a. rosei Gross & Ebert, 1975 N.Iran (Elburs)
  • C. a. taurica Rebel, 1901 Turkey
  • C. a. transcaspica Christoph, 1889 Turkmenistan (Kopet-Dagh, W. Transcaspia)


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