Colotis vesta

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Veined tip
Veined Tip 1, Africa.jpg
Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Veined golden arab (Colotis vesta princeps) underside.jpg
Veined golden arab, C. v. princeps
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Colotis
Species: C. vesta
Binomial name
Colotis vesta
(Reiche, 1849)
Synonyms
  • Idmaeus vesta Reiche, 1849
  • Teracolus vesta Butler, 1897
  • Colotis vesta vesta f. ops Talbot, 1942
  • Idmais amelia Lucas, 1852
  • Teracolus armitagei Dudgeon, 1916
  • Teracolus amelia f. insignis Rothschild, 1921
  • Teracolus argillaceus Butler, 1877
  • Colotis vesta argillaceus f. pluvius Talbot, 1939
  • Teracolus catachrysops Butler, 1878
  • Teracolus vesta ab. agapita Hulstaert, 1924
  • Colotis vesta f. kibwezi Stoneham, 1939
  • Teracolus hanningtoni Butler, 1883
  • Teracolus bipartitus Rothschild, 1894
  • Teracolus amelia hanningtoni f. nigrescens Le Doux, 1929
  • Colotis vesta f. kitgi Stoneham, 1939
  • Colotis vesta f. ilia Stoneham, 1957
  • Teracolus mutans Butler, 1877
  • Colotis vesta mutans f. arida Talbot, 1939
  • Teracolus rhodesinus Butler, 1894
  • Teracolus vesta ab. virescens Hulstaert, 1924
  • Idmais velleda Lucas, 1852

Colotis vesta, the veined tip, veined orange or veined golden Arab, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 32–40 mm (1.3–1.6 in) in males and 34–45 mm (1.3–1.8 in) in females. The adults fly year-round, peaking in late summer and autumn.[1]

The larvae feed on Maerua angolensis.[1]

Subspecies[edit]

Listed alphabetically:[2]

  • C. v. amelia (Lucas, 1852) (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, northern Ghana, northern Nigeria)
  • C. v. argillaceus (Butler, 1877) (southern Mozambique, southern Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland)
  • C. v. catachrysops (Butler, 1878) (coast of Kenya, coast of Tanzania)
  • C. v. hanningtoni (Butler, 1883) (north-eastern Uganda, north-western Kenya, northern Tanzania)
  • C. v. kagera Congdon, Kielland & Collins, 1998 (south-western Rwanda, north-western Tanzania)
  • C. v. mutans (Butler, 1877) (Zambia, Malawi, northern Mozambique, northern Zimbabwe, northern Botswana, northern Namibia)
  • C. v. princeps Talbot, 1939 (south-eastern Sudan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • C. v. rhodesinus (Butler, 1893) (western Tanzania, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • C. v. velleda (Lucas, 1852) (Sudan)
  • C. v. vesta (Reiche, 1849) (Ethiopia, Somalia)

References[edit]

  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