WHITE BARRED EMPEROR - CHARAXES brutus natalensis

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Captured: Groenland, Tolwe, Limpopo, SOUTH AFRICA

Nikon D50
2014/04/24 06:59:15.3
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 44mm
Digital Vari-Program: Close Up
1/125 sec – F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 200

CHARAXES brutus natalensis

Subfamily CHARAXINAE
Medium sized to very large, robust, showy, fast-flying butterflies.
Charaxes usually inhabit the upper canopy of forests or tree tops in Savanna.
Males are strongly territorial, usually found perched or exposed leaves or twigs, frequently darting out to chase intruders.
Females are found closer to food plants. Adults seldom feed on nectar, preferring tree sap (dozens may be seen at ‘sucking holes’, where beetle larvae have borred into trees), rotten fruit, or dung. Males are often found drinking from mud.

Genus Charaxes Emperors
All South African species (male C.zoolina being the only exception) have two tails.
Generally brightly coloured in shades of red and orange, or iridescent blue.
Sexes are dimorphic in many species, especially those where males have black upper side, and females are easier to distinguish from other females than her mate is from other males.
Aggressively territorial; capable of pushing other butterflies off food with serrated leading edges of forewings.
Eggs laid singly or in small groups. Spheroidal, smooth-sided; flattened top has fine grooves radiating from the centre like wheel spokes.
Larvae usually green, medial larval head shield horns longer than lateral ones. Pupae green, sometimes with white stripes or streaks, rounded, with more-or-less pointed head.

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