Butterflies of Africa
False Dotted Border
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
© Peter Bruce-Jones
The genus Belenois comprises of about
30 species, of which 25 occur in the Afrotropical region.
Males of most
species are pure white, with well defined black markings, while
females usually have browner and more suffused markings, on a dull
white or creamy ground colour.
The most widespread
species is aurota which is found across
most of Africa, Arabia and the Indian subcontinent. In Africa it
sometimes swarms in thousands, and can be found in almost any
Belenois thysa is
found in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, Natal,
Mozambique, Zambia, Uganda, Congo and Angola.
This butterfly can be found in dense savannah and open forest, at
altitudes between sea level and at least 2000m.
The larval foodplants include Capparis,
Ritchiea ( Capparaceae ).
Males are usually seen as singletons
amidst aggregations of other Pierines, visiting damp patches of sandy
ground from which they imbibe mineralised moisture. Females are seen
less often, but visit Tridax,
Lantana and other flowers for nectar.