African Clouded Sulfur

Colias electo

a sulfur butterfly, Colias electo, from Mt. Kenya, June 2017. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along a sunny path through Mt. Kenya Forest Reserve, Kirinyaga, Kenya, June 2017. Wing span is just over 3 cm.

Typically the Pieridae butterflies perch with wings held folded above the back. This can make specific identification based on a photograph difficult because there are many similar species and the top side is obscurred. The pinkish perimeter border makes this montane species more distinctive than most.

Pieridae -- Sulphur and White Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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