Catopsilia florella is the only African representative of its genus. It has a wide variety of colour variation from white through to yellow
Size: 55-65 mm. Large, powerful, small marks on the underside of the forewing margin; male bluish-white and the upperside of wing almost unmarked; female white or yellow.
The butterflies are sexually dimorphic - males are white, and females may be white or yellow.
36 records. Latest in 2001 (South Sinai)
Distribution in Egypt
Widespread. AOO = 95 km2. EOO = 460,000 km2. 11 locations
Widespread (throughout Africa and as migrants in Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean, probably extending to India on an irregular basis: Larsen, pers. comm.).
Gardens, parks, areas with flowers.
Host-plants: mainly Cassia italica, with non-native Cassia spp and Albizzia lebbeck.
Life History and Behavior
They are strong fliers and occasionally migrate in large numbers.
The Flight Period
Two or more generations per year.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Catopsilia florella
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 21
Species With Barcodes: 1
Status in Egypt
Migrant, no permanent populations in Egypt except perhaps in Gebel Elba (Larsen 1990)
Not Assessed ( not resident in Egypt)
The African Migrant, African Emigrant, or Common Vagrant (Catopsilia florella) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It is found in Africa (including Madagascar), the Canary Islands, Sri Lanka, India, Burma, and China.
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- Catopsilia florella, Site of Markku Savela
- Woodhall, S. (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers.
- Martiré, J. & Rochat, D. (2008). Les Papillons de la Réunion & leurs chenilles. Biotope.
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