Colotis celimene

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Lilac tip
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colotis
Species: C. celimene
Binomial name
Colotis celimene
(Lucas, 1852)
  • Anthocharis celimene Lucas, 1852
  • Anthocharis amina Hewitson, [1862]
  • Anthopsyche pholoe Wallengren, 1860
  • Anthocharis phaenon Trimen, 1863
  • Teracolus praeclarus Butler, 1886
  • Teracolus celimene var. sudanicus Aurivillius, 1905

Colotis celimene, the lilac tip or magenta tip, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

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The wingspan is 37–40 mm. The adults fly year-round, peaking from March to May.[1]

The larva feed on Boscia albitrunca and Capparis species.[1]


The following subspecies are recognised:[2]

  • C. c. celimene (Lucas, 1852) (Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi)
  • C. c. amina (Hewitson, 1866) (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana (east), Swaziland, South Africa)
  • C. c. angusi Rothschild, 1921 (Niger, central and western Sudan)
  • C. c. pholoe (Wallengren, 1860) (Angola, western Botswana, Namibia)
  • C. c. praeclarus (Butler, 1886) (Ethiopia, Somalia)
  • C. c. sudanicus (Aurivillius, 1905) (eastern Senegal, Burkina Faso, northern Ghana, northern Nigeria, Niger to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan)


  1. ^ a b 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