Euchloe aegyptiaca

Euchloe aegyptiaca Verity 1911

Common Names

Egyptian White (English), الفراشة المصرية البيضاء (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Size: 30-35 mm. Distinguished by the irregular green markings of the underside of the hindwing.

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Resident

Abundance

Uncommon

IUCN

Endangered (B2 a, b, i,ii,iv)

Description

Taxonomy

Originally described from Wadi Hof near Helwan. Taxonomically difficult since it is part of the Euchloe ausonia complex that has yet to be sorted out.

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Restricted (Libya, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Hejaz in Saudi Arabia).

Distribution in Egypt

Northern Egypt. AOO = 86 km2. EOO =261,000 km2. 8 locations. Apparent decline in AOO and locations

Records

39 records. Latest in 2001 (South Sinai)

Habitat

Desert areas.

Life Cycle

One or two generations per year.

The Flight Period

February-May and November

Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: Diplotaxis harra and perhaps on other Cruciferae.

References

F., Gilbert., & S. Zalat. (2007).  Butterflies of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing & conservation, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Cairo, Egypt..