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Colotis danae ad sec.jpg
Colotis danae
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Tribe: Colotini
Genus: Colotis
Hübner, [1819]

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  • Teracolus Swainson, [1833]
  • Idmais Boisduval, 1836
  • Callosune Doubleday, [1847]
  • Anthopsyche Wallengren, 1857
  • Ptychopteryx Wallengren, 1857
  • Thespia Wallengren, 1858
  • Calicharis Oberthür, 1876
  • Gideona Klots, 1933
  • Cuneacolotis Henning et al., 1997
Small orange-tip (C. etrida) in Narsapur, Medak district, India
Veined tip (C. vesta) Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Colotis, called orange tips or Arabs, is a genus of butterflies of the subfamily Pierinae found mainly in Africa and south-western Asia.[1] The larvae of all Colotis species specialize on plants in the family Capparaceae.


Listed alphabetically within subgroups:[2]

Subgenus Colotis Hübner, [1819]:

Subgenus Teracolus (Swainson, 1833):

Subgenus Cuneacolotis (Henning et al., 1997):

Subgenus Gideona (Klots, 1933):

Status unknown:

  • Colotis fallax (Wichgraf, 1913), described from East Africa


  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.
  2. ^ Colotis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

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