Catopsilia florella (Fabricius, 1775)
African Migrant (English), Common Vagrant (English), African Emigrant (English), الفراشة الافريقية المهاجرة (Arabic)
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.
Catopsilia florella is the only African representative of its genus. It has a wide variety of colour variation from white through to yellow
Status in Egypt
Migrant, no permanent populations in Egypt except perhaps in Gebel Elba (Larsen 1990)
Not Assessed ( not resident in Egypt)
They are strong fliers and occasionally migrate in large numbers.
Ecology and Distribution
Widespread (throughout Africa and as migrants in Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean, probably extending to India on an irregular basis: Larsen, pers. comm.).
Distribution in Egypt
Widespread. AOO = 95 km2. EOO = 460,000 km2. 11 locations
36 records. Latest in 2001 (South Sinai)
Gardens, parks, areas with flowers.
Two or more generations per year.
The Flight Period
Host-plants: mainly Cassia italica, with non-native Cassia spp and Albizzia lebbeck.