Butterflies of Africa
Creamy Small White
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
© Adrian Hoskins
species, distributed variously across the
white or pale cream on the
upperside with a narrow black apex. The females are either a dirty
white colour or slightly yellowish, and are usually suffused with
blackish around the basal area of the forewings. They also have one
or two suffused blackish spots on the outer forewing, and a series
of small black marginal spots on the hindwing. On the underside both
sexes have white forewings and slightly yellowish hindwings, with
small black marginal spots.
Senegal to Tanzania and Congo.
normally breeds in
dry open forests and dense savannah, but during migrations it can
also be found on agricultural land and along logging roads through
The larval foodplant
Capparis ( Capparaceae ).
Males are usually seen as singletons
amidst aggregations of other Pierines, visiting patches of
mud or damp sand
from which they imbibe mineralised moisture.