30 April 2018

Scarlet Tip – Raydah Escarpment

Whilst birdwatching the bottom valley of the Raydah Escarpment in the Asir Mountains of southwest Saudi Arabia, I came across and photographed a Scarlet Tip Colotis danae. The white, base of wings generally speckled to a varying extent, with black scales. This speckling can be absent in many specimens. Forewing: with or without a minute black spot. The apex is broadly carmine, edged internally and externally with black, this black border varies in width. The hindwing is uniform, except for a series of black terminal spots, which in some specimens are comparatively large and connected together by an anticiliary slender black line, in others minute, more or less obsolescent, unconnected dots.
Scarlet Tip