One of the rare opportunities I have had to snap one of these stunning butterflies. They are from the family Pieridae and subfamily Coliadinae. The genus is Colias, which contains the Clouded Yellows. These two butterflies are African Clouded Yellows or Lucerne Butterflies – Colias electo electo.
The distributions of Colias electo electo are throughout South Africa in all biomes. African Clouded Yellows’ habitats included; fields, parks, gardens, coastal areas, forest edges, mountains and wetlands. Their flight is throughout the year, but will peak between April and August. The lava will eat Lucerne (Medicago Saltiva).
These two photos were taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Another Clouded Yellow, shot on a different day, but looks a little on the damaged side.