Leptosia alcesta

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African wood white
African Wood White flip flop (Leptosia alcesta inalcesta).jpg
African Wood White flip flop (Leptosia alcesta inalcesta) underside.jpg
Both L. a. inalcesta
Mabibi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Leptosia
Species: L. alcesta
Binomial name
Leptosia alcesta
(Stoll, [1782])[1]
  • Papilio alcesta Stoll, [1782]
  • Papilio narica Fabricius, 1793
  • Pseudopontia cepheus Ehrmann, 1894
  • Leucophasia sylvicola Boisduval, 1833

Leptosia alcesta, the African wood white or flip flop, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae, found in Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 30–40 mm in males and 35–42 mm in females. The adults fly year-round, peaking from March to May.[2]

The larva feed on Richea species, Capparis fascicularis, and Capparis brassii.[2]


  • L. a. alcesta (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • L. a. inalcesta Bernardi, 1959 (Uganda, southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland)
  • L. a. pseudonuptilla Bernardi, 1959 (Democratic Republic of the Congo to Ethiopia)
  • L. a. sylvicola (Boisduval, 1833) (Madagascar)


  1. ^ a b Leptosia alcesta, funet.fi
  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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