Superfamily: Papilionoidea Family: Pieridae Status: Endemic to Madeira
Laurel Forest Tour
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Also known as Madeira Brimstone it is a medium-large, bright, almost fluorescent yellow butterfly. Males fore-wings are orange with thin yellow borders while females are more uniformly pale yellow. Both sexes have a discoidal spot, orange on the upper parts but more brownish when seen from the underside.
Lemon green coloured larva with tiny black dots and with rows of hairs which sometimes support a droplet of a yellow secretion.
Its larvae feed on the Madeira endemic species of Buckthorn Rhamnus glandulosa (Aguiar & Karsholt, 2006).
The Laurel Forest, between 500 and 1500 meters of altitude, is the only habitat where this species can be observed flying above the canopy of the Laurel trees.
Only occurs in Madeira (Aguiar & Karsholt, 2006)
Regional status according to Aguiar & Karsholt, 2008: Endemic to Madeira
Regional status according to Aguiar & Karsholt, 2006: Endemic to Madeira
Regional status according to Wakeham-Dawson et al., 2001: Uncommon, resident in the Laurel Forest
Status according to the European Red List of Butterflies, 2010: Endangered
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