Butterfly simplicity

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Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Butterfly simplicity

Tue, 22 Sept 2015
W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Colias electo (African clouded yellow, Lucerne butterfly)
A couple of weeks ago, my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) was filled with these small little yellow Lucerne butterflies and every year I await their arrival in spring. There are 83 known Colias species worldwide, and the majority are migratory to some degree, e.g. the common Clouded Yellow crocea migrates each summer from north Africa to southern England, sometimes arriving in tens of thousands. Isn’t that just amazing?

Only 4 Colias species occur in Africa – crocea – a Palaearctic species only found north of the Sahara desert; erate which is found in Ethiopia and Sudan; mukana – separated from electo by Berger in 1981, and found in Cameroon, Congo and Malawi; – and the illustrated species electo above.
Both sexes spend much of their time, especially in the mornings, basking on bare ground with their wings perpendicular to the sun’s rays, trying to raise their body temperatures to the point where they are able to fly.

Once airborne, as with other montane Colias species across the world, the males fly very rapidly, just above ground level, dipping down periodically to investigate pale objects that might potentially be females. The latter are equally active, but spend their time searching for plants on which to lay their eggs. Both sexes regularly visit wild flowers, nectaring avidly at Fabaceae and Gentianaceae.
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, “Blue-Butterfly Day”

3rd October 2015 – FEATURED in “Country Bumpkin”
15th October 2015 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
5th February 2016 – FEATURED iin “Image Writing”
6th February 2016 – FEATURED in “Poppin’ Pillows & More”

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