The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Brown-veined White butterfly

Afrikaans name: Grasveldwitjie

Brown-veined White

Photo © Steven Herbert

Belenois aurota

The Brown-veined White butterfly has a wingspan of around 45 mm with females being slightly larger than males. Other names for this butterfly include African Caper White and Pioneer White.

It is a common species which, at times, becomes so abundant that large numbers migrate to new regions. Brown-veined Whites occur over most of sub-Saharan Africa and the southern parts of Asia.

Brown-veined Whites can often be seen feeding on flowers, but they also settle on the ground where there are damp patches.

They can be found all-year round over much of their range.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 97

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 248

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 173

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 349

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 127

Sasol First Field Guide to Butterflies & Moths of Southern Africa - Author: Simon van Noort - Published: 0 - Page: 12

Living Butterflies of Southern Africa - Volume 1 - Author: G.A. Henning et al - Published: 1997 - Page: 333

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

Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 375

Insectopedia - Author: Erik Holm - Published: 2017 - Page: 22

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 378

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 74

Field Guide to Insects of the Kruger National Park - Author: Leo Braack - Published: 1991 - Page: 36

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 336

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 352

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 50

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

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 28

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 77

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

African Insect Life - revised edition - Author: S.H. Skaife - Published: 1979 - Page: 233


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