Large Orange tip
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. The undersides
of most are pale whitish or buff, marked with sooty blackish
submarginal spots, and a band of smaller post-median spots.
Colotis antevippe is a widespread and
fairly common insect, distributed from Gambia to Ethiopia and south
to Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa. It also occurs in
This species inhabits savannah,
Acacia scrub and large clearings in dry
The larval foodplants include
and Ritchiea ( Capparaceae ).
is migratory in behaviour, and will fly long distances to seek new
breeding areas when the dry season sets in. In sunny weather the
butterflies are very active and rarely settle for long, but they can
be found basking among the grasses or on bushes, early or late in the
day when temperatures are lower.