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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Melanitini
Genus: Paralethe
van Son, 1955
Species: P. dendrophilus
Binomial name
Paralethe dendrophilus
(Trimen, 1862)
  • Satyrus dendrophilus Trimen, 1862
  • Paralethe dendrophilus albina f. alticola van Son, 1955
  • Debis indosa Trimen, 1879
  • Lethe dendrophilus var. albomaculatus Staudinger, 1887
  • Meneris dendrophilus junodi van Son, 1935

Paralethe is a monotypic butterfly genus in the family Nymphalidae. Its one species Paralethe dendrophilus, the bush beauty or forest pride is found in South Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 45–60 mm for males and 48–70 mm for females. Adults are on wing from late December to May. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including Ehrharta erecta and Panicum deustrum.


  • Paralethe dendrophilus dendrophilus (eastern Cape)
  • Paralethe dendrophilus albina van Son, 1955 (eastern Cape (Pondoland), Natal)
  • Paralethe dendrophilus indosa (Trimen, 1879) (coast of KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand)
  • Paralethe dendrophilus junodi (van Son, 1935) (Transvaal)


  1. ^ Paralethe 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.