BUTTERFLY SERIES - _Queen Purple Tip Colotis regina_

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Captured Location: Groenland Safari’s Tolwe, South Africa

Nikon D50
Lens:Nikkor DX
AF-S nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 55mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/640 sec – F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

Family PIERIDAE
A large family of about 1 000 species worldwide. They form a very well defined group, and are easily distinguished. Base color generally white or yellow, with distinctive red, orange purple or black markings. There are few dark pierids – only one found in South Africa.
Of the four subfamilies of the Peiridae, two are found in South Africa.\

Subfamily PERINAE
A widespread group with many members in South Africa. Flight patterns vary from slow and halting to fast and direct. Distinguished from other pierids mainly by wing venation and food plant preferences. Some show pearlescent or iridescent effects, and some have strong wing patters only visible in ultraviolet light.

Genus Colotis
WORLD CA. 60SPP.,AFRICA 45, SOUTH AFRICA 18
Very large genus of small to quite large pierids, many of which have orange or purple forewing tips. Flight weak in smaller species, strong and persistent in larger species.
In the northern areas of South Africa, in the dry season, thousands my be seen together with Belenois butterflies on roadside flowers. Egg (usually single but Topaz Arab lays batches) laid on Capparaceae and Salvadoraceae; white to cream, elongated tapered towards top with 10-24 longitudinal ribs cross-braced by many transverse ribs.
Larva elongated, cylindrical, tapering slightly bifid tail; green with longitudinal lateral or dorsal pale stripes, sometimes broken into lines of spots covered in short hairs which may exude noxious oils derived from the food plant. Pupa variable, laterally compressed, conical head spike, wing cases slender or protruding, green buff or tan in color
Queen Purple Tip Colotis regina
Wingspan Female 45-60mm, male 48-62mm, variation in size of seasonal forms
Distribution: Widespread but sparse in open woodland and Savanna from KwaZulu-Natal thorn belt to Maputaland, north to Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and Limpopo and NW provinces, and Arid Savanna in N Cape.
Habitat: Hillsides, flatlands, hilltops.
Flight period: Year-round, depending on rainfall. WSF Oct-Mar, DSF Feb-Nov. Peaks towards late summer and autumn.
Larval food: Boscia spp., including B. albitrunca, and Capparis spp.
Queen Purple Tip Colotis regina
Wingspan Female 45-60mm, male 48-62mm, variation in size of seasonal forms
Distribution: Widespread but sparse in open woodland and Savanna from KwaZulu-Natal thorn belt to Maputaland, north to Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and Limpopo and NW provinces, and Arid Savanna in N Cape.
Habitat: Hillsides, flatlands, hilltops.
Flight period: Year-round, depending on rainfall. WSF Oct-Mar, DSF Feb-Nov. Peaks towards late summer and autumn.
Larval food: Boscia spp., including B. albitrunca, and Capparis spp.

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