Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - COLOTINI
There are about 40 Colotis species, of
which 39 are primarily or entirely Afrotropical in distribution.
Colotis butterflies have white
uppersides, with orange or crimson wing tips, but there are a few
exceptions, whose uppersides are predominantly yellow, with black
Colotis protomedia is a large species,
with a beautiful primrose yellow upperside, bordered with black. The
veins on the forewings are also black, as it the sub apical bar.
Splendour is distributed from Nigeria to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania,
Sudan, Ethiopia and south west Arabia.
This species inhabits dry savannah at altitudes
between about 800-2000m.
The larval foodplant is
Maerua ( Capparidaceae ).
The butterflies are very active, pausing only to
nectar periodically at the flowers of Maerua