Butterflies of Africa
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
Mylothris jaopura Bunso, Ghana
Mylothris is confined to the African
continent and includes 51 species, most of which are distributed
across the forest belt from Cameroon to western Kenya.
species share a number of characteristics: They have rounded wings
with a black apex on the upperside forewings. On the underside, fore
and hindwings of most species have a single row of prominent black
marginal spots, hence the butterflies in this genus are all known as
butterflies are sometimes confused with
Belenois species but the latter are larger, and have a double
row of submarginal spots.
Mylothris jaopura is
found in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and western Cameroon.
This species is found in forests, botanical gardens and occasionally
in dense savannah.
The larvae feed on parasitic Loranthaceae.
This localised butterfly
is normally seen in two's and three's, nectaring at flowers or resting
on the foliage of sapling trees along the edge of forest roads. As
with other Mylothris species the flight
is slow and deliberate, which in conjunction with the conspicuous
appearance indicates that it is likely to be distasteful to avian