Butterflies of Africa
Light Brown Forester
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
male, Bobiri, Ghana
© Peter Bygate
There are about 95 Bebearia species,
all of which are wholly Afrotropical in distribution.
The male is illustrated
above, and is similar in pattern to several other
species including absolon,
mandinga and oxione.
The female is larger than the male, and different in appearance,
having a brown and cream Catuna-like
The undersides of nearly all Bebearia
species are cryptically patterned. In the case of
the underside of both sexes is pale ochreous, marbled with light
brown in the male, and with dark brown in the female.
is distributed from Sierra Leone to
Congo and western Uganda.
This species is found mainly in
open dry forests or in secondary rainforest.
The larval foodplant is
( Marantaceae ).
Males spend a lot of
time within the forest, occupying sunspots among the leaf litter.
Periodically they emerge onto the sunlit logging roads to imbibe
moisture from the damp ground. Females are quite secretive, but can be
found along the narrower tracks and paths. They are easily overlooked
due to their similarity to Catuna, and to
females of other Bebearia species.