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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Common White

Afrikaans name: Afrikaanse gewone witjie

African Common White butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Belenois creona

The African Common White butterfly has a wingspan of 4 cm or so.

Males are white on the upperside of the wing. The wing is bordered with black with white spots in it. The female has a thicker black border and lacks the white spots.

The African Common White is widely distributed along the eastern and northern portions of South Africa.

It is found in a variety of habitats including forest edges, along the coast line, parks and gardens and hillsides.

Female African Common White butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - A female African Common White on a Wild Dagga plant


References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 37

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 29

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 54

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 51

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 336

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 228

Self-guided Trails in Durban - Author: Durban Corporation - Year Published: - Page: 122

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