Colotis eris

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Banded gold tip
Black-barred gold tip (Colotis eris eris) male underside.jpg
male C. e. eris, Kenya
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female C. e. eris, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colotis
Species: C. eris
Binomial name
Colotis eris
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
  • Pieris eris Klug, 1829
  • Colotis (Teracolus) eris
  • Idmais fatma C. & R. Felder, [1865]
  • Teracolus abyssinicus Butler, 1876
  • Idmais maimuna Kirby, 1880
  • Teracolus opalescens Butler, 1886
  • Teracolus johnstoni Butler, 1886
  • Idmais eris var. punctigera Lanz, 1896
  • Teracolus teitensis Sharpe, 1898
  • Teracolus eris var. erioides Strand, 1912
  • Colotis eris eris f. chlorinos Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis eris damara Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis eris ab. continua Storace, 1948

Colotis eris, the banded gold tip or black-barred gold tip, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 40–45 mm. The adults have fly year-round in warm areas, peaking from March to June.[2]

The larva feed on Boscia albitrunca and Boscia oleoides.[2]


The following subspecies are recognised:[1]

  • C. e. eris (Sub-Saharan Africa, including Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, northern Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland)
  • C. e. contractus Gabriel, 1937-38 (Yemen, Oman)
  • ?C. e. johnstoni (Butler, 1886)


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