African White

Belenois sp ?

African White, Belenois sp, from Nairobi, Kenya, July 2014. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along a road cut through Kakamega Forest, Kenya, October 2016.

The first thing most people notice about a butterfly is its color and can then be confused when they discover that many kinds of butterflies display a wide range of colors and markings within the same species. The Caper White can have very narrow or wide black lines and borders. In addition the base color, especially the underside, can be yellow or orange hued, or else pure white. The result is a confusion of names and taxonomy! The larva of this butterfly feeds on the leaves of various caper species.

Pieridae -- Sulphur and White Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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