Charaxes varanes (Pearl Charaxes)

Charaxes varanes, also called Pearl Charaxes is a nice butterfly from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1764 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 8.0 – 10.0 cm. The Pearl Charaxes is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is white and brown. The hind wings have one tail.



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 varanes (Perlen Charaxes). Charaxes varanes is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The fore wings are two-coloured. The inner part of the wing is white. The rest of wing is brown and contains many orange spots.
The underside is marbled brown and also marbled yellow. In the middle of wing there is a dark line. Next to the margin there is a chain of dark spots.

The hind wings
two-coloured. The inner part of the wing is white. The rest of wing is brown. At the margin there is a chain of little black spots. The hind wings have one tail.
The underside is nearly a copy of the underside of fore wings. Next to the margin there is a chain of dark eyes.

The body
is white but the underside is yellow.

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Distribution

The Pearl Charaxes (Charaxes varanes) is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution enfolded Namibia Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa Republic.


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

Larval food

Sapindaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1764 by Cramer. There are only two subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Charaxes varanes Cramer 1764


Other names

 Pearl Charaxes
 Perlen Charaxes


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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