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Purple Tip


Introduction: Purple Tips (Colotis ione) settle frequently in bushveld and thorn areas, giving ample opportunities to catch it. The name 'ione' is derived from the a sea nymph of the same name, 1 of 50 Nereides daughters of the Greek mythological sea god, Nereus.

Distribution: Northern Namibia.

Breeding/Larval food: Spindle shaped, cream coloured eggs are laid on various food plants.

Colouration: Males have iridescent purple tips. Females have either orange or plain wing tips.

On the wing: Throughout the year.

Wingspan: Male and female: 45 to 50mm.

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