Cleopatra - Gonepteryx cleopatra


Family: Pieridae

Flight Time: Feb-Apr, June-August

Size: 50-68mm

Altitude: 0-1200m

The Cleopatra is a close relation of the Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni, but differs in having orange on its forewing. They hibernate as adults so you are most likely to see them in early spring and late summer. Like the Brimstone and some other 'whites' they are tough to photograph as their brightness when in direct sunlight is difficult to meter for.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Rhamnus species Bushy places.

Cleopatra distribution


Early Stages




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