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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Scarlet Tip

Afrikaans name: Skarlakenpuntjie

Scarlet Tip butterfly in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Colotis danae annae

The Scarlet Tip butterfly is quite variable in size. Specimens have a wingspan ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 cm.

Only males display the orangey-red colouration on the upperside wing tips. Females have more spots and markings.

The Scarlet Tip is found in a variety of habitats including forest edges, savanna and hillsides.

They can be seen at all times of the year.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 50

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 20

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 49

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 326

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 222

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 126

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