Nepheronia buquetii

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Plain vagrant
Green-eyed monster butterfly (Nepheronia buquetii).jpg
At iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Nepheronia
Species: N. buquetii
Binomial name
Nepheronia buquetii
(Boisduval, 1836)
  • Callidryas buquetii Boisduval, 1836
  • Eronia buqueti adam Suffert, 1904
  • Eronia buquetii var. mossambicensis Hopffer, 1862
  • Eronia buquetii var. arabica Hopffer, 1862
  • Eronia buquetii var. capensis Hopffer, 1862
  • Eronia zelinda Ward, 1873

Nepheronia buquetii, the plain vagrant, Buquet's vagrant, or green-eyed monster, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found throughout Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 45–50 mm for males and 48–56 mm for females. Adults are on the wing year-round, more commonly in winter months.[2]

The larvae feed on Azima tetracantha and Salvadora persica.[1][2]


  • N. b. buquetii (Boisduval, 1836) (northern Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, coast of Kenya, coast of Tanzania, Zambia, northern Namibia, northern Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa)
  • N. b. buchanani (Rothschild, 1921) (North Africa, south-western Saudi Arabia, Yemen)
  • N. b. pauliani Bernardi, 1958[1] (Madagascar)


  1. ^ a b c Nepheronia,
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.