Overview

Brief Summary

Introduction

Catopsilia florella is the only African representative of its genus. The butterflies are sexually dimorphic - males are white, and females may be white or yellow. They are strong fliers and occasionally migrate in large numbers.

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Comprehensive Description

Brief Summary

Catopsilia florella is the only African representative of its genus. It has a wide variety of colour variation from white through to yellow

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Description

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.

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Distribution

Records

36 records. Latest in 2001 (South Sinai)

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Distribution in Egypt

Widespread. AOO = 95 km2. EOO = 460,000 km2. 11 locations

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Global Distribution

Widespread (throughout Africa and as migrants in Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean, probably extending to India on an irregular basis: Larsen, pers. comm.).

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Ecology

Habitat

Gardens, parks, areas with flowers.

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Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: mainly Cassia italica, with non-native Cassia spp and Albizzia lebbeck.

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Behaviour

They are strong fliers and occasionally migrate in large numbers.

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Life Cycle

The Flight Period

January-October

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Two or more generations per year.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Catopsilia florella

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 21
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

Status in Egypt

Migrant, no permanent populations in Egypt except perhaps in Gebel Elba (Larsen 1990)

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IUCN

Not Assessed ( not resident in Egypt)

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Abundance

Common

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Wikipedia

Catopsilia florella

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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The wingspan is 54–60 mm for males and 56–66 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round. From South Africa, adults migrate from summer to autumn. They fly in a north-eastern direction.[2]

The larvae feed on Senna occidentalis, Senna septentrionalis, Senna petersiana, Senna italica, Cassia javanica and Cassia fistula (Fabaceae).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catopsilia, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.
  3. ^ Martiré & Rochat, 2008. Les Papillons de la Réunion & leurs chenilles.


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