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Colotis fausta

Colotis fausta
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Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D850, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS, HOYA HD UV 72 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-01-29 7:16
Viewed: 377
Points: 16
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Altitude : 570 meters
Colotis fausta, (Olivier, 1804)

Common Name: The Large Salmon Arab

Turkish Name: Mezopotamya Kolotisi Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: Immigrant or resident butterfly. It is seen especially in Southeast Anatolia during the autumn months.

Distribution in the world: From, North Africa and the Middle East across Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, India to South Turkmenia, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

Living Area: Semi-desert landscapes, mostly along streams.

Flight time: For a year two generation is developing. Flight occurs, from September to early – November.

Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars, feeding on plants and develop mainly on Capparis herbacea.

Description-Notes: Type Locality Beirut, Lebanon. Very rare and local. A small orange tips butterfly. Salmon ground color and forewing apex checkered black-and-salmon are unique. Yellow-orange below, with discoidial spots and postmedian band of blackish markings on both wings. In Turkey, a very rare stray to southeast, generally during summer and fall. Sometimes solitary migrant specimens can be observed in spring. The dry season form being smaller and lighter than that of the rainy season.

Wingspan: 30-40 mm long.

Origin of the name: Fausta (289–326) was a Roman Empress, daughter of the Roman Emperor Maximianus.

Similar Species:
• The Pioneer White – Belenois (Anaphaeis) aurota (Fabricius, 1793)
• The Little Orange-tip – Colotis etrida (Boisduval, 1836)
• The White Arab – Colotis vestalis (Butler, 1876)


1. Baytas Ahmet, 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul.24 pp.
2. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :
3.Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey:
http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Mezopotamya%20Kolotisi
4. Russian insects:
5. Lepiforum.de :
6. Christopher Jonko > lepidoptera.eu:


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-01-29 7:53]

Hi Seyfi,another great butterfly in your gallery endless of suprises. A species very rare that i never seen before,the first that i see with the wings in salmon colors. Fantastic capture made in the usual top quality,very interesting and very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Seyfi,
Love colorful specie that I never seen before. Exceptional clarity, focus and contrast.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-01-29 22:15]

Wow, the height of sharpness colour and composition, beautiful,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-01-29 23:38]


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2019-01-31 8:31]

Beautiful picture!
First time that I see this species.
It remaind me the Colotis evagore, but this one is different!
Thank you for sharing it.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-02-06 11:43]

Hi Seyfi
Nicely caught. The best sharpness and exposure.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2019-02-07 12:00]

Hello Seyfi,
Excellent photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and details. Attractive composition in beautiful natural colours.

Ciao Seyfi, great macro of lovely butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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