Charaxes brutus (White Barred Charaxes )

Charaxes brutus, also called White Barred Charaxes is a simple butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1779 by Cramer. With a wingspan of 8.0 – 10.0 cm the Withe Barred Charaxes is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is black with a broad white band. Hind wings are ridged and have two tails.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Charaxes brutus (White Barred Charaxes). Charaxes brutus is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The forewings are black. The margin is ridged. There is a chain of big white spots. In back the white spots fusion to a broad white band.
The underside is very colourful. Some areas are fawn, grey and auburn. There is a white band crossing the wing. There are many black spots, which have a white border.

The hind wings are black and have two tails. The margin is ridged. There is a broad white band. In back there are some little blue spots.
The underside is very colourful. Some areas are fawn, grey and auburn. The white band from upside is also there. There are many black spots, which have a white border.

The body is brown, but the upside is black.

Sex differences: 


Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Charaxes brutus (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Charaxes brutus (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Charaxes brutus (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Charaxes brutus (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Charaxes brutus (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Charaxes brutus (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Charaxes brutus.


Distribution

The White Barred Charaxes (Charaxes brutus) is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution extend from Liberia to Kenya and from Central African Republic to South Africa.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food / Foodplants

Blighia unifugata, Ekebergia capensis , Entandrophagma delevoi, Trichelia dregeana


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1779 by Cramer. There are four subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Charaxes andara [Ward, 1873] 

Charaxes jasius [Linnaeus 1767] (Two-tailed Pasha, Erdbeerbaumfalter, La Nymphale de l´Arbousier) 


Scientific name

Charaxes brutus Cramer 1779


Synonym

 White Barred Charaxes


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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