Gonepteryx cleobule

Canary Islands Brimstone

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

Male. The orange on the forewing is more extensive than the cleopatra found outside the Canary Islands.

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

Male

Field notes and information

There is some debate if this is a species in its own right or a subspecies of the Cleopatra G. cleopatra. It is certainly easy to identify male individuals from the Canaries with their upper forewing almost entirely orange.

Identification & Similar species: The hooked forewing tip make it unmistakable on the Canaries.

Distribution & Flight: Only found on the Canary Islands of Tenerife, La Palma and Gomera. Flies throughout the year but it is not clear if it can diapause during the coolest periods.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flies in laurisilva forests on the northern slopes and upper levels of these islands. Clearings, roadsides and open areas such as farmland bordering forests.

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

Female. She is much greener than the male.

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Three Canarian endemics - G. cleobule, V. vulcania, C. webbianus.

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

Female

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012