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Cleopatra (female)

Gonepteryx cleopatra


Wingspan of about 50–70 mm. It is a sexually dimorphic species - the female has pale yellow or greenish wings, the male is darker yellow with an orange patch on the forewing. Both sexes have a forewing apical hook and brown dots in the center of each wing, and the underside of wings is light greenish yellow. The greenish color, the shape and the pronounced venation on the hindwings give to these butterflies a good camouflage, making them resemble just leaves.


Spotted near a mountain river in a pine forest area at Montral - Catalunya, this species is native to the Mediterranean region (southern Europe, North Africa and Anatolia).


Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Pieridae Genus: Gonepteryx Species: G. cleopatra

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CAT, Spain

Spotted on Jul 17, 2016
Submitted on Jan 12, 2017

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