Appias sylvia

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Appias sylvia
Common albatross (Appias sylvia sylvia) male.jpg
A. s. sylvia
Bobiri Forest, Ghana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Appias
Species: A. sylvia
Binomial name
Appias sylvia
(Fabricius, 1775)[1]
  • Papilio sylvia Fabricius, 1775
  • Appias (Glutophrissa) sylvia
  • Papilio eudoxia Cramer, 1782
  • Pieris rhodanus Ward, 1871
  • Appias bachi Suffert, 1904
  • Appias rhodope dopero Suffert, 1904
  • Appias rhodope ab. rhodopiana Strand, 1913
  • Appias rhodope var. tenuifascia Neustetter, 1926
  • Phrissura nyasana Butler, 1897
  • Appias rhodope f. luvuensis Joicey and Talbot, 1927
  • Appias perlucens f. masabae Stoneham, 1957
  • Appias sylvia luvuensis f. xerophyla Berger, 1981

Appias sylvia, the woodland albatross white or common albatross, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea (Bioko), Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi.[2] The habitat consists of forests.

Males come to damp patches and both sexes are attracted to flowers.

The larvae feed on Drypetes (including Drypetes ugandensis and Drypetes gerrardii), Phyllanthus and Ritchiea species.


  • A. s. sylvia (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, southern Nigeria, Bioko, Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • A. s. abyssinica Talbot, 1932 (south-western Ethiopia)
  • A. s. nyasana (Butler, 1897) (Democratic Republic of the Congo, north-eastern Namibia, north-eastern Zambia, western Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi)
  • A. s. sudanensis Talbot, 1932 (southern Sudan)
  • A. s. zairiensis Berger, 1981 (Democratic Republic of the Congo)