Butterflies of Africa
White-bodied Grass Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Falls, Ghana / Togo border
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 5 known species in the genus
Monza, all of which are Afrotropical in
distribution. The most widespread and abundant of these is
alberti which occurs from Senegal to
western Kenya. It is smaller than cretacea,
and darker, almost black.
Monza cretacea is found throughout much
of sub-Saharan Africa, from Sierra Leone to Uganda, western Kenya
and north-west Tanzania.
This species is found in dry forests, secondary woodland, and along
logging roads and clearings in rainforest. It also occurs in
thickets in savannah country.
The larvae have
been reared in captivity on Setaria and
Saccharum ( Poaceae ), but the wild
foodplants are unrecorded. The larva of the closely related species
alberti has been found feeding on
Pennisetum in the wild.
butterfly is normally encountered in low numbers. Males perch on low
foliage in forest-edge habitats to await passing females.