Butterflies of Africa
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
© Adrian Hoskins
Oboronia comprises of 7 delicate small white butterflies
known as Ginger Whites.
are entirely Afrotropical in distribution, with 5 species confined
to west Africa, and a single species in the coastal forests of
is found from
Senegal to Zambia, Uganda and western
This species is found in
localised colonies within
The larvae feed on the flowers of Costus
( Costaceae ),
usually with Phediole ants in
The butterflies are most active
early in the morning and are rarely seen after midday unless the
weather is cool. They fly slowly along paths, streams, roadsides and
When nectaring they normally hold the wings erect.
Males often mud-puddle at the edges
of small streams.