Veined Golden Arab
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - COLOTINI
There are about 40 Colotis species, 39
of which are primarily or entirely Afrotropical in distribution.
Colotis have white uppersides, with
prominent orange, yellow or crimson tips to the forewings, but there
are a few exceptions including aurigineus,
vesta. All three species have yellow uppersides with black
markings, and a whitish patch at the base of the wings. In
vesta the markings are heavier than in
the other 2 species, and the pale basal patch extends much further
out, reaching the black spot in the forewing discal cell.
Colotis vesta is distributed from
Gambia to Ethiopia, and south to South Africa.
This is a common savannah species, found at
altitudes between about 200-1800m.
The larval foodplants include
Capparis ( Capparidaceae ).
Both sexes commonly nectar at
Maerua and other flowers. When nectaring or basking, the wings
are usually held half open, with the hindwings almost covered by the
© Peter Bruce-Jones