Coast Purple 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 hetaera is found in Kenya,
Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.
This is a savannah species, but can occasionally
be found in large clearings in the drier forests.
The larval foodplants include
Capparis, Ritchiea and
Maerua ( Capparaceae ).
The butterflies behave like typical
Colotis - they
are very active, and only tend to settle early or late in the day when
temperatures are low. When basking or nectaring, the wings are usually
held in the half open position as depicted in the photograph at the
top of this page.