Co·​li·​as | \ ˈkōlēˌas \

Definition of Colias

: a large cosmopolitan genus of butterflies (family Pieridae) which have primarily yellow or orange wings and whose larvae feed mostly on legumes but sometimes on willows or blueberries — see alfalfa butterfly, clouded sulphur

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History and Etymology for Colias

New Latin, from Greek Kōlias, Attic goddess

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“Colias.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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