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

Self-guided Trails in Durban - Author: Durban Corporation - Published: 0 - Page: 122

Living Butterflies of Southern Africa - Volume 1 - Author: G.A. Henning et al - Published: 1997 - Page: 336

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

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

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

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 50

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 82

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: 29

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


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