Sulphur Orange Tip Butterfly

Colotis auxo

The Sulphur Orange Tip is a smallish butterfly with a wingspan of only about 4cm. It inhabits savanna habitats and adults may be seen year-round, being must numerous in late summer and autumn. Larvae feed on the leaves of the wormbushes (genus Cadaba). They are restless and fast fliers, usually staying close to the ground.

In South Africa the Sulphur Orange Tip is found along the coast and adjacent interior of the Eastern Cape, through most of Kwazulu-Natal, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and throughout the Limpopo Province.


21 thoughts on “Sulphur Orange Tip Butterfly

  1. wetanddustyroads

    Jy’t ‘n groot verskeidenheid foto’s hier (en so ‘n mooi ou skoenlappertjie). Ek sien nie baie skoenlappers deur die jaar nie, maar wanneer dit lente word en die veld blomme maak hulle verskyning, dan’s dit asof die hele jaar se skoenlappers op een plek vergader … dis altyd so mooi!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you, Anne. I’m afraid it is the same story here in our pocket of Pretoria. Luckily the reserves of KZN was very good to us – again – as far as butterflies were concerned when we visited at the end of March.

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