The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Scarlet Tip

Afrikaans name: Skarlakenpuntjie

Scarlet Tip butterfly in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Colotis danae annae

The Scarlet Tip butterfly is quite variable in size. Specimens have a wingspan ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 cm.

Only males display the orangey-red colouration on the upperside wing tips. Females have more spots and markings.

The Scarlet Tip is found in a variety of habitats including forest edges, savanna and hillsides.

They can be seen at all times of the year.

References and further reading

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 349

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 126

Living Butterflies of Southern Africa - Volume 1 - Author: G.A. Henning et al - Published: 1997 - Page: 299

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 378

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 222

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 344

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 326

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 84

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 49

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 20

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 51

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 50

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