Euchloe belemia

Euchloe belemia (Esper, [1800])

Common Names

Green-striped White (English), الفراشة البيضاء ذات الخطوط الخضراء (Arabic), Piéride du sisymbre (French)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Size: 32-34 mm. Very similar to Euchloe falloui, but black spot on the underside of the forewings has a white centre rather than completely black

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Resident

Abundance

Common

IUCN

Data Deficient

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Narrow (Iberia to Iraq, with isolated populations in the Asir/Yemen mountains and in Ethiopia).

Distribution in Egypt

Northern Egypt. AOO = 34 km2. EOO = 193,000 km2

Records

12 records. Latest in 1987 (Cairo-Suez road)

Habitat

Rough places with flowers, in less arid places than Euchloe falloui; with a pupal summer diapause.

Life Cycle

Two or three generations per year.

The Flight Period

November-April

Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: desert Cruciferae, although locally one species is usually preferred.

Taxonomy

  • Euchloe belemia Esper, 1805 (synonym)

References

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