Butterfly guide

Butterflies: Striped albatross

Striped albatross

Appias lyncida

Flying low but cautious, the males wings are striped with black on a pure white ground. At the base of the forewing is a faint spot of yellow. The females are a less stark contrast, dark brown stripes are dusted on a gray tinged ground, with orange yellow diffusing through the hind wing. One of the easiest butterflies to attract to a garden, as the host plant is the common Maman Ungu wildflower.

Food items: Nectar (as butterfly), host plant (as caterpillar)

Host plants: Cleome rutidosperma

Microhabitat: Gardens, roadsides, secondary growth and forests

Ecological Function: Pollinator

Food chain level: Primary consumer

Dispersal: A strong flier that can cross urban areas.

Striped albatross (Appias lyncida)

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