Colotis hetaera

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Colotis hetaera
Scarlet Tip, Africa.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colotis
Species: C. hetaera
Binomial name
Colotis hetaera
Synonyms
  • Callosune hetaera Gerstaecker, 1871
  • Colotis (Colotis) hetaera
  • Teracolus puniceus Butler, 1888
  • Teracolus foliaceus Butler, 1894
  • Teracolus puniceus f. flavescens Aurivillius, 1910
  • Teracolus hetaera ab. sulphureus Aurivillius, 1910
  • Teracolus puniceus ab. albomaculatus Aurivillius, 1910
  • Colotis hetaera f. strix Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis ankolensis Stoneham, 1940
  • Colotis hetaera f. mirabilis Talbot, 1939
  • Colotis hetaera f. immaculatus Stoneham, 1940
  • Colotis hetaera f. subchromiferous Stoneham, 1957
  • Teracolus hetaera aspasia Ungemach, 1932
  • Teracolus hetaera aspasia f. thiochroa Ungemach, 1932
  • Teracolus lorti Sharpe, 1896
  • Teracolus ludoviciae Butler, 1897

Colotis hetaera, the eastern purple tip, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Arabia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and North Africa.[2] The habitat consists of savannah, but penetrating the open parts of evergreen forests.

Adults have a fast flight.

The larvae feed on Capparis, Maerua, Boscia, Cadaba and Ritchiea species.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Colotis hetaera hetaera (coast of Kenya, north-eastern Tanzania)
  • Colotis hetaera ankolensis Stoneham, 1940 (central Kenya, northern Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Colotis hetaera aspasia (Ungemach, 1932) (south-western Ethiopia, southern Sudan, northern Uganda)
  • Colotis hetaera lorti (Sharpe, 1896) (northern Kenya, south-eastern Ethiopia, Somalia)

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