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ⓘ Giant emperor. Charaxes castor, the giant emperor or giant charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found throughout the Afrotropical ecozone b ..




Giant emperor
                                     

ⓘ Giant charaxes

Charaxes castor, the giant emperor or giant charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found throughout the Afrotropical ecozone below the Sahel.

The wingspan is 75–85 mm in males and 85–105 mm in females. The flight period is year-round but more common in late summer to autumn.

                                     

1. Description

A full description is given by Walter Rothschild and Karl Jordan, 1900 Novitates Zoologicae Volume 7:287-524)

                                     

2. Life history

Larvae feed on Bridelia micrantha, Afzelia quanzensis, Tragia spp., Gymnosporia spp., Maytenus senegalensis, Schotia brachypetala, Bridelia micrantha and Cassia fistula.

                                     

3. Subspecies

Listed alphabetically.

  • C. c. flavifasciatus Butler, 1895
  • C. c. arthuri van Someren, 1971 Pemba island
  • C. c. castor Cramer, throughout African range
  • C. c. comoranus Rothschild, 1903 Comoros
                                     

4. Taxonomy

The members of the Charaxes jasius group are:

  • Charaxes ansorgei
  • Charaxes hansali
  • Charaxes andara – Madagascar
  • Charaxes andranodorus – close to last
  • Charaxes pelias – smaller than jasius
  • Charaxes eudoxus
  • Charaxes castor
  • Charaxes brutus – dark with white bands
  • Charaxes phraortes – Madagascar, close to next
  • Charaxes phoebus
  • Charaxes richelmanni
  • Charaxes jasius
  • Charaxes druceanus
  • Charaxes pollux

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