Zegris eupheme

Zegris eupheme (Esper 1804)

Common Names

Sooty Orange Tip (English), الفراشة الداكنة ذات الحروف البرتقالية (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Size: 46-50 mm. The upperside of the forewing has apical grey area (smaller or ± absent in female) enclosing orange colour, with a curved central black mark . The underside of the hindwing in male is yellow marbled grey-green, while in female just with yellow apex.

Conservation

Status in Egypt

Vagrant

Abundance

Very limited

IUCN

Not Assessed (not resident in Egypt)

Description

Taxonomy

The subspecies in southern Jordan, Sinai and the Hedjaz is ssp. larseni Pittaway, which is isolated from the populations of the Dead Sea area and the Jordanian desert

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Narrow (South Europe, North Africa, Middle East)

Distribution in Egypt

Sinai border

Records

1 record, in 1986

Habitat

Arid habitats below 1000 m.

Life Cycle

One generation per year.

The Flight Period

April-June

Trophic Strategy

Host-plants: Sinapis, Isatis.

References

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