Butterflies of Africa
PLANTROU & ROUGEOT,
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - CHARAXINAE
Tribe - CHARAXINI
Arba Minch, Ethiopia ©
The Charaxinae are a group of robust, medium to
large Nymphalids characterised by having a rapid and powerful
flight, stout bodies,
falcate apexes, and a habit of feeding at dung and carrion.
They are represented in the neotropics by
genera including Consul,
and Agrias; in the Oriental and
Australian regions by Polyura and
Charaxes, and in Africa by
179 Charaxes species
in the Afrotropical region, one of which -
jasius, extends its range as far north as the Mediterranean
coast of Europe. Most are forest-dwellers but several are adapted to
savannah and arid Acacia thorn scrub
Charaxes species are black on the
upperside, with bands of either white, orange or blue. The bands in
some species are very broad, while in others they are narrow and
broken into a series of small spots. Many
Charaxes species have a pair of thin tails at the tornus of
Charaxes galawadiwosi is endemic to
This species is found in savannah / woodland habitats at altitudes
between about 1000-2000m.
The only recorded larval foodplant is Albizia
( Fabaceae ).
visit dung to obtain minerals which are passed to females during
copulation. If disturbed from their feeding place the fly up and
settle on the branches of nearby bushes or trees.