Euchloe falloui

Euchloe falloui (Allard, 1867)

Common Names

Scarce Green-striped White (English), الفراشة البيضاء ذات الخطوط الخضراء القليلة (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Size: 29-34 mm. Very similar to Euchloe belemia, but black spot on the underside of the forewing is completely black, without any white centre

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Resident

Abundance

Uncommon

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

Sinai. AOO = 52 km2. EOO = 11100 km2

Records

17 records. Latest in 1987 (S. Sinai)

Habitat

A desert species, on arid stony slopes; pupal diapause can last several years.

Life Cycle

Nakamura & Benyamini (1973) saw a female ovipositing on Reseda muricata in Wadi El Arbaein (St Katherine). Usually two but sometimes three generations per year.

The Flight Period

November-May

Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: Moricandia sinaica (Cruciferae) preferred, Zilla, Diplotaxis, and Schouwia (all Cruciferae), and Reseda spp (Resedaceae) also used.

Taxonomy

  • Euchloe falloui falloui (Allard, 1867) (synonym)

References

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