African Wood White

Leptosia alcesta

African Wood White, Leptosia alcesta, from Nairobi, Kenya, July 2014. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a secondary woodland in Nairobi, Kenya, July 2014. Wing span is less than 4 cm.

The flight of these small butterflies is a wonder to behold. It seems that rather than directed motion these insects bounce about like a bit of confetti. The common name "flip-flop" describes the movement perfectly. They occur especially in the understory of secondary woodlands where there is dappled sunlight.

African Wood White Butterfly, Leptosia alcesta, © Michael Plagens

Pieridae -- Sulphur and White Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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