Mylothris rueppellii

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Mylothris rueppellii
Twin dotted border (Mylothris rueppellii haemus) underside.jpg
M. r. haemus, Johannesburg, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Mylothris
Species: M. rueppellii
Binomial name
Mylothris rueppellii
(Koch, 1865)[1]
  • Pieris rueppellii Koch, 1865
  • Pieris haemus Trimen, 1879
  • Mylothris rueppellii kikuyuensis f. kaffana Riley, 1921
  • Mylothris ruppellii rhodesiana ab. pallidior Hulstaert, 1924
  • Mylothris rueppellii f. kikuyuensis Bartel, 1905
  • Mylothris rueppellii kikuyuensis f. kenia Riley, 1921
  • Mylothris ruppellii kikuyuensis ab. aspilota Hulstaert, 1924

Mylothris rueppellii, the Rüppell's dotted border or twin dotted border, is a butterfly of the Pieridae family. It is found in most of Africa, south of the Sahara. The wingspan is 48–55 millimetres (1.9–2.2 in) for males and 50–56 mm (2.0–2.2 in) for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with peaks in October and from late February to April in southern Africa.[2] The larvae feed on various Loranthaceae species, including Loranthus, Tapinanthus oleifolius and Tapinanthus rubromarginatus.


  • M. r. rueppellii (highlands of Ethiopia)
  • M. r. haemus (Trimen, 1879) (southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa)
  • M. r. josi Larsen, 1986 (Nigeria)[3]
  • M. r. rhodesiana Riley, 1921 (northern Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, southern Zaire (Shaba), south-eastern Angola)
  • M. r. septentrionalis Carpenter, 1928 (southern Sudan)
  • M. r. tirikensis Neave, 1904 (highlands of Uganda, Kenya and northern Tanzania)


Images from gardens in Johannesburg, South Africa


  1. ^ Mylothris at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: File D – Pierini - Tribe Aporiina