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Butterflies of Africa
Yellow Splendour
Colotis protomedia   KLUG, 1829
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - COLOTINI
Colotis protomedia, Ethiopia   Peter Bruce-Jones
Introduction
There are about 40 Colotis species, of which 39 are primarily or entirely Afrotropical in distribution.
Most Colotis butterflies have white uppersides, with orange or crimson wing tips, but there are a few exceptions, whose uppersides are predominantly yellow, with black markings.
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.
The Yellow Splendour is distributed from Nigeria to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia and south west Arabia.
Habitats
This species inhabits dry savannah at altitudes between about 800-2000m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplant is Maerua ( Capparidaceae ).
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are very active, pausing only to nectar periodically at the flowers of Maerua bushes.

 

 

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