Catopsilia florella

Catopsilia florella (Fabricius, 1775)

Common Names

African Migrant (English), Common Vagrant (English), African Emigrant (English), الفراشة الافريقية المهاجرة (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

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.

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

Conservation

Status in Egypt

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

Abundance

Common

IUCN

Not Assessed ( not resident in Egypt)

Description

Behaviour

They are strong fliers and occasionally migrate in large numbers.

Ecology and Distribution

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.).

Distribution in Egypt

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

Records

36 records. Latest in 2001 (South Sinai)

Habitat

Gardens, parks, areas with flowers.

Life Cycle

Two or more generations per year.

The Flight Period

January-October

Trophic Strategy

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

References

[Anonymous] (2010).  Captain's European Butterfliy Guide ( A photographic Guide of Europe's butterflies).
[Anonymous] (2011).  Tree of Life Web Project.
F., Gilbert., & S. Zalat. (2007).  Butterflies of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing & conservation, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Cairo, Egypt..