Small Salmon Arab
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - COLOTINI
genus Colotis comprises of 40 species,
39 of which are primarily or entirely Afrotropical in distribution.
The majority of species have pure white uppersides, with prominent
orange, yellow or crimson tips to the forewings. A few however,
phisadia and vesta have
uppersides that are more akin to the Colias
Clouded Yellows in appearance, although they are only distantly
unrelated, being members of a different subfamily.
is distributed across Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia, and south to
Namibia, South Africa and Madagascar. It is also found in Arabia,
and is widespread on the Indian subcontinent, including on Sri
This species inhabits hot arid areas including
coastal grassland, Acacia scrub,
savannah, farmland, and large clearings in dry forests. It occurs at
altitudes between sea level and about 1200m.
The larvae are gregarious, feeding on
Salvadora ( Salvadoraceae ).
Early or late in the
day when temperatures are low, both sexes commonly bask on the foliage
of bushes, with their wings either half-open or almost fully
outspread. In warm sunny conditions they visit flowers for nectar, and
hold their wings erect while feeding.