Belenois gidica

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Belenois gidica
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Male B. g. abyssinica on Distephanus angulifolius flowers
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Belenois
Species: B. gidica
Binomial name
Belenois gidica
(Godart, [1819])
  • Pieris gidica Godart, 1819
  • Belenois occidentis Butler, 1898
  • Pieris gidica f. tschadica Aurivillius, 1910
  • Pieris gidica var. sulphurea Gaede, 1916
  • Pieris gidica f. masculina Hulstaert, 1924
  • Anapheis gidica gidica f. albata Talbot, 1929
  • Anapheis gidica gidica f. arida Talbot, 1929
  • Pieris abyssinica Lucas, 1852
  • Pinacopteryx doubledayi Wallengren, 1857
  • Pinacopteryx westwoodi Wallengren, 1857
  • Pieris allica Oberthür, 1878
  • Pieris gidica var. westwoodi ab. simplex Rebel, 1914
  • Pieris gidica var. pallida Gaede, 1916
  • Pieris gidica abyssinica f. texturata Ungemach, 1932
  • Pieris gidica abyssinica f. crassilinea Ungemach, 1932
  • Anapheis gidica westwoodi f. nigrescens Talbot, 1943
  • Anapheis gidica westwoodi f. nigrifusa Talbot, 1943
  • Anapheis gidica westwoodi f. masformis Talbot, 1943
  • Anapheis gidica westwoodi f. subochracea Talbot, 1943
  • Anapheis gidica occidentalis ab. deficiens Dufrane, 1947
  • Glycestha gidica westwoodi f. androides Storace, 1948
  • Anapheis gidica centralis Stoneham, 1957
  • Pieris gidica hypoxantha Ungemach, 1932

Belenois gidica, the African veined white or pointed caper, is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.[1]

The wingspan is 40–55 millimetres (1.6–2.2 in) in males and 40–53 mm (1.6–2.1 in) in females. Its flight period is year-round.[2]

The larvae feed on Boscia, Capparis, and Maerua species.[1][2]


The following subspecies are recognised:[1]

  • B. g. gidica (Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, northern Nigeria, Niger)
  • B. g. hypoxantha (Ungemach, 1932) (Ethiopia)
  • B. g. abyssinica (Lucas, 1852) (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, northern Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland)


  1. ^ a b c Belenois at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 

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