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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Small Orange Tip butterfly

Afrikaans name: Kleinoranjepuntjie

Small Orange Tip butterfly in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Colotis evagore antigone

The Small Orange Tip butterfly has a wingspan of 3 to 3.5 cm. Males are slightly smaller than females.

Only the male exhibits the orange tip to the wings. Females are more blotched with blackish-brown and yellow spots.

The Small Orange Tip is found along the southern and eastern coast line from the Western Cape through KwaZulu-Natal. It also occurs through Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and Nort-West province.

It may be found in a variety of habitats including bushveld, savanna and dry coastal forest.


References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 77

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 55

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 24

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 58

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 332

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 225

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