Cleopatra

Gonepteryx cleopatra (go-NEP-tuh-ricks clee-oh-PAT-ruh)

Cleopatra (male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 7 June 2015
Photo © CFB
 

Wingspan
Male: 58 - 72mm
Female: 60 - 74mm

Checklist Number
58.014

Family:PieridaeSwainson, 1820
Subfamily:ColiadinaeSwainson, 1820
Tribe:Gonepterygini
Genus:Gonepteryx[Leach], [1815]
Subgenus:  
Species:cleopatra(Linnaeus, 1767)

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Introduction

Several individuals of this species were captured in the late 1800s, and their data labels indicate they were taken from Ventnor, Isle of Wight in 1870, Sandown, Isle of Wight in August 1873, Aldeburgh, Suffolk in 1896 and Forfar in June 1887. An individual was also caught at Feock, near Falmouth, Cornwall in September 1957. More recent records include an individual seen on 27th July 1981 in a garden in Temple Ewell, Kent and a male seen in Jersey on 10th August 1986. This species is not considered to be migratory and their presence has been attributed to passage by ship.

Gonepteryx cleopatra

This species was first defined in Linnaeus (1767) as shown here (type locality: Algeria).

Cleopatra Cantabria N Spain June 2011

Male
Photo © johnb

Cleopatra (male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 7 July 2015

Male Underside
Photo © CFB

Cleopatra female -  P Bruyères, France 27 June 2014

Female
Photo © Chris Jackson

Cleopatra female - Dordogne, France 14-Aug-2007

Female Underside
Photo © Roger Gibbons

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History

The table below shows a chronology of vernacular names attributed to this species. Any qualification of the name (e.g. male, female) is shown in brackets after the name.

YearNameReference
1970CleopatraHiggins & Riley (1970)

Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

Description to be completed.

Distribution

1.3 Unknown
 

This distribution status of this species is unknown.

Life Cycle

Description to be completed.

Imago

Description to be completed.

Description to be completed.

Gonepteryx cleopatra

Cleopatra (male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 10 June 2015

Photo © CFB
10-Jun-2015

Hungary Cleopatra July 2009 16 [Clive Burrows]

Photo © Clive Burrows

Cleopatra (male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 7 June 2015

Photo © CFB
07-Jun-2015

Cleopatra, male - Var, SE France, 14 April 2015

Photo © David M

Cleopatra males - Ribamar, Spain 26-March-2016

Photo © LancsRover
26-Mar-2016

Cleopatra  Cantabria N Spain 2010

Photo © johnb
25-Jun-2010

Cleopatra male -  P Bruyères, France  12-June-2015

Photo © Chris Jackson
12-Jun-2015

Cleopatra, Menorca, 08/07/2010

Photo © NickMorgan

Cleopatra, Male - Dordogne, June 2014

Photo © Trik

Cleopatra female - Dordogne, France 14-Aug-2007

Photo © Roger Gibbons
14-Aug-2007

Cleopatra - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (1)

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Cleopatra female -  P Bruyères, France 27 June 2014

Photo © Chris Jackson
27-Jun-2014

Cleopatra (mating couple) - Alpes-Maritimes - 11 June 2014

Photo © CFB
11-Jun-2014

Cleopatra - male - Menorca - 15-Aug-02 (2)

Photo © Pete Eeles

Cleopatra male and female - Alpes-Maritimes - 22 June 2011

Photo © CFB
22-Jun-2011

Cleopatra - Alpes-Maritimes - 3 September 2010

Photo © CFB
03-Sep-2010

Cleopatra male,Parnassos,Greece.29 June 2013.

Photo © essexbuzzard
29-Jun-2013

Cleopatra male in flight - Cantabria N/Spain June 2011

Photo © johnb
24-Jun-2011

Cleopatra (male) - Alpes-Maritimes - 7 July 2015

Photo © CFB
07-Jul-2015

Cleopatra - Alpes-Maritimes - 19 June 2011

Photo © CFB
19-Jun-2011

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Ovum

Description to be completed.

Cleopatra 05

Photo © NickMorgan

Gonepteryx cleopatra - Egg (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Larva

Description to be completed.

Description to be completed.

Gonepteryx cleopatra - Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [Wolfgang Wagner]

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Pupa

Description to be completed.

Gonepteryx cleopatra - Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Gonepteryx cleopatra - Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013)2 [Wolfgang Wagner]

Photo © Wolfgang Wagner
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Aberrations

Description to be completed.

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Similar Species

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Higgins & Riley (1970) Higgins, L.G. and Riley, N.D. (1970) A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Europe.
Leach (1815) Leach (1815) In Brewster: The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia.
Linnaeus (1767) Linnaeus, C. (1767) Systema Naturae. Edition 12.
Swainson (1820) Swainson, W. (1820) Zoological illustrations, or Original figures and descriptions of new, rare, or interesting animals : selected chiefly from the classes of ornithology, entomology, and conchology, and arranged on the principles of Cuvier and other modern zoologists (Vol.1).