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Butterflies of Africa
Common White Glider
Cymothoe caenis  DRURY, 1773
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - LIMENITIDINAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
Cymothoe caenis male, Boabeng-Fiema, Ghana Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 72 described species in the genus Cymothoe, a group of large and magnificent butterflies commonly known as Gliders. The genus is entirely Afrotropical in distribution.
The males vary in colour, ranging from the pure white of caenis, and the deep ochreous yellow and chocolate brown of fumana, to the fabulous and aptly named Blood Red Glider sangaris

Cymothoe caenis is distributed across the forested regions of Africa from Guinea to Congo, Uganda and Zambia.

Cymothoe caenis male, Boabeng-Fiema, Ghana Adrian Hoskins

Habitats
This species is found mainly in secondary forest and disturbed areas of primary forest.
Lifecycle
The larvae feed gregariously on Oncoba, Caloncoba, Lindaeckeria, Rawsonia ( Flacourtiaceae ) and Uapaca ( Euphorbiaceae ).
Adult behaviour

On sunny mornings males spend their time high in the tree tops. Later in the day they descend to bask on bushes and saplings, choosing spots where dappled sunlight filters through the canopy to the understorey.

Cymothoe caenis female, Boabeng-Fiema, Ghana Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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