Colotis danae eupompe KLUG,
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - COLOTINI
female, Nechisar NP,
© Peter Bruce-Jones
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.
danae are pure white, with a suffused
blackish sub-apical bar, and purplish-red wing tips, although in
East Africa the tips tend to be closer to orange. A female from
Ethiopia is depicted above. Females from West Africa are similar,
but are paler, and more lightly marked. The ground colour of dry
season forms is sometimes pale buff, rather than white.
Colotis danae 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
s.w Arabia and on the Indian subcontinent.
This is primarily a savannah /
Acacia scrub species, but it can also
be found on steppes, farmland, coastal habitats and gardens. It's
altitudinal range is from sea level to about 2000m.
The larval foodplants include
and Maerua ( Capparaceae ).
Both sexes commonly nectar at
Cadaba. They are very active butterflies,
rarely pausing for more than a moment or two, flying rapidly from
flower to flower. When temperatures are cool, early or late in the
day, they will bask on bushes or among grasses, with their wings held