Colotis evenina

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Common orange tip
Colotis evenina.jpeg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colotis
Species: C. evenina
Binomial name
Colotis evenina
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
  • Anthopsyche evenina Wallengren, 1857
  • Colotis (Colotis) evenina
  • Anthopsyche deidamia Wallengren, 1860
  • Calosune deidamioides Aurivillius, 1879
  • Callosune inornata Westwood, 1881
  • Teracolus corda Möschler, 1884
  • Teracolus evenina Butler, 1897
  • Colotis evenina f. lerichei van Son, 1959
  • Callosune casta Gerstaecker, 1871
  • Teracolus evenina var. sypilus ab. flavofasciata Neustetter, 1916
  • Teracolus liagore f. castina Le Cerf, 1924
  • Colotis evenina sipylus f. granti Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis evenina sipylus f. johnstonei Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis evenina sipylus f. canus Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis evenina sipylus f. andromorpha Talbot, 1942
  • Teracolus sipylus Swinhoe, 1884
  • Colotis antevippe ab. mathieui Dufrane, 1947
  • Teracolus confusus Le Doux, 1929
  • Colotis evenina xantholeuca f. ledouxi Talbot, 1939

Colotis evenina, the common orange tip, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 38–45 mm in males and 35–42 mm in females. The adults fly year-round.[2]

As Colotis evenina never has discocellular dots ([3]), the picture here used is NOT evenina, but probably Colotis pallene (Hopffer, 1855).

The larva feed on Boscia albitrunca and Capparis species.[2]


The following subspecies are recognised:[1][2]

  • C. e. evenina (Mozambique, southern and eastern Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho)
  • C. e. sipylus (Swinhoe, 1884) (coast of Kenya, Tanzania, northern Zimbabwe)
  • C. e. xantholeuca (Sharpe, 1904) (southern Uganda, central and south-western Kenya, central, northern and western Tanzania)
  • C. e. casta (Gerstaecker, 1871) (northern Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, northern Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia)


  1. ^ a b Colotis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  3. ^ Larsen, Torben B., 1991: 'The Butterflies of Kenya and their Natural History'

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