Charaxes montieri is a very nice butterfly from Afrotopic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1885 by Staudinger & Schatz. With a wingspan of 8.0 – 10.0 cm Charaxes montieri is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE, but it is a typical member of the genus Charaxes. The female is brown and white and the male is black and blue. Hind wings have two little tails.
Photos for easy identification
These are nice photos of Charaxes montieri (female). Charaxes montieri is a member of the
The forewings are brown. There is a broad white band crossing the wing. In pinion there are some white spots.
The underside is fawn. Nearby the body there are some little black lines and spots. The white spots and the white band from upside are also there.
The hind wings are brown and have two little tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chain of black and blue spots.
The underside is fawn. There are some black lines and small white bands.
The body is fawn, but the upside is brown.
Sex differences: The male is black. On forewings there are two small blue bands. On hind wings there is one big blue area.
Larval food / Foodplants
The first description of this butterfly was in 1885 by Staudinger & Schatz. There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Charaxes montieri Staudinger & Schatz 1885
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: NYMPHALIDAE
- Subfamilie: CHARAXINAE
- Tribe: CHARAXINI
- Genus: CHARAXES
- Specific name: MONTIERI