Charaxes pollux (Black-bordered Charaxes)

Charaxes pollux, also called Black-bordered Charaxes is a butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 8.0 – 10.0 cm. The Black-bordered Charaxes is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is orange and brown. Hind wings have two short tails.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)

These are nice photos of Charaxes pollux (Black-bordered Charaxes) (male). Charaxes pollux is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are orange. The border is dark-brown. At the wing leading edge there are some dark-brown spots.
The underside is very colourful. The inner half is auburn and contains many white bordered black spots. The other half is white and olive. It contains a chain of triangular black spots.

The hind wings
are orange, ridged and have two short tails. The border is dark-brown and contains one blue eye.
The underside is nearly a copy of the underside of fore wings.

The body
is orange.

Sex differences:
The female is bigger then the male.


Distribution

The Black-bordered Charaxes (Charaxes pollux) is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution extend from Sierra Leone to Somalia and from Somalia to Angola, Zambia und Mozambique.


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

Larval food

Bersama abyssinica


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. There are only four subspecies.

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; from assortment of Dr. Hildegard Winkler specialty shop of entomology (see links)

Here you can see a female of Charaxes pollux.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Charaxes pollux Cramer 1775


Other names

 Black-bordered Charaxes


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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