Charaxes smaragdalis (Western Blue Charaxes)
Charaxes smaragdalis, also called Western Blue Charaxes is a very nice butterfly from Afrotopic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1865 by Butler. With a wingspan of 8.5 – 10.0 cm the Western Blue Charaxes is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE, but it is a typical member of the genus Charaxes. The butterfly is black with a white band and a iridescence in blue. Hind wings have two tails. There are some sex differences.
The Western Blue Charaxes, Charaxes smaragdalis is from Afrotropic (Africa) and Palaearctic (Europe), but its biggest distribution is in Afrika.