Butterflies of Africa
Spica Dotted Border
Mylothris spica  MÖSCHLER, 1884
subfamily - PIERINAE
Mylothris spica, Bunso, Ghana © Adrian Hoskins
The genus 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.
Mylothris 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 Dotted Borders.
The butterflies are sometimes confused with Belenois species but the latter are larger, and have a double row of submarginal spots.
Mylothris spica is a rare species, endemic to Ghana.
This species is found in shady areas within the wetter forests.
The lifecycle appears to be unrecorded, but in common with other Mylothris species the larvae will almost certainly use Loranthaceae as foodplants.
Adult behaviour

This is a rare species which is usually encountered singly. The flight is slow and deliberate, and in conjunction with the conspicuous appearance is indicative that the butterflies are distasteful to avian predators. It is likely that the toxins within their bodies are derived from the larval foodplants.



Contact  /  About me

Butterfly-watching holidays

Trip reports

UK latest sightings

Frequently asked questions

Strange but true !

Taxonomy & Evolution



Enemies of butterflies

Survival strategies

Migration & dispersal

Habitats - UK / Palaearctic

Habitats - Tropical rainforests

Butterfly world census

Butterflies of the World :

British Isles


Amazon & Andes

North America

temperate Asia


Indian subcontinent

Malaysia & Borneo

Papua New Guinea

Australia & N.Z.

Insects of Britain & Europe

Insects of Amazonia

Moths of the Andes

Saturniidae - Silkmoths

Caterpillars of the World

Butterfly Photography

Recommended Books



Code of practice

Copyright - text & images

Copyright - text & images






All photographs, artwork, text & website design are the property of Adrian Hoskins ( unless otherwise stated ) and are protected by Copyright. Photographs or text on this website must not be reproduced in part or in whole or published elsewhere without prior written consent of Adrian Hoskins / learnaboutbutterflies.com

Site hosted by Just Host