Gonepteryx cleopatra

Cleopatra

euroButterflies

by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2016

Show butterflies of: EU US
io-header
Photo: cleopatra

Var, France, July 2010

Male.

Photo: cleopatra

Var, France, July 2010

Female.

Field notes and information

A striking butterfly, the male is bright yellow with conspicuous orange forewings which are clearly visible in flight and make it unmistakable. Unfortunately the species never opens its wings when settled, but with patience and luck it is possible to capture the upperside as a butterfly takes off from a flower.

Identification & Similar species: The bright orange of the male upperside forewing is unmistakable. It is replaced by similar species on the Canary Islands. The female is very similar to other Gonepteryx species, wing shape may help but this is a variable feature and may not always be reliable.

Distribution & Flight: South Europe northwards to south France and north Africa. Hibernated specimens fly in early spring. A second brood is possible, but usually it is only single brooded.

Habitat & Behaviour: Bushy places with flowers. Can often be seen patroling woodland edges and hedges.

Variation: Wing shape in the female is variable, sometimes making this feature unreliable for identification purposes.

Photo: cleopatra

Var, France, July 2010

Photo: cleopatra

Var, France, July 2010

Photo: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatra

Crete, June 2004

Gynandromorph - yellow orange parts are male, the pale green is female.

Photo: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

Photo: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatraPhoto: cleopatra

Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013