Charaxes achaemenes

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Bushveld emperor
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Male upper and underside
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Female upperside
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. achaemenes
Binomial name
Charaxes achaemenes
C. & R. Felder, 1867
  • Charaxes achaemenes fasciatus Suffert, 1904
  • Charaxes achaemenes achaemenes ab. glaucomaculata Cordeiro, 1990
  • Charaxes achaemenes f. monticola Joicey and Talbot, 1925
  • Charaxes jocaste Butler, 1869
  • Charaxes achaemenes ab. minor Storace, 1948
  • Charaxes achaemenes f. erythraea Storace, 1948

Charaxes achaemenes, the bushveld emperor or bush charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae found across Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 55–60 mm in males and 60–70 mm in females. Flight period is year-round.[2]

Larvae feed on Pterocarpus rotundifolius, Pterocarpus angolensis, Xanthocercis zambesiaca, Dalbergia boehmii, Piliostigma thonningii, Pterocarpus erinaceus, Dalbergia nitidula, and Brachystegia spiciformis.[1][2]


A full description is given by Walter Rothschild and Karl Jordan (1900). Novitates Zoologicae Volume 7:287-524. [1] page 460-463 (for terms see Novitates Zoologicae Volume 5:545-601 [2])


Listed alphabetically:[1]

  • C. a. achaemenes C. & R. Felder, 1867 (eastern Kenya, Tanzania, south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, south-eastern Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland)
  • C. a. atlantica van Someren, 1970 (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo)
  • C. a. monticola Joicey & Talbot, 1925 (northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, Central African Republic, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ituri, western Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya: west of the Rift Valley)


Charaxes achaemenes is a member of the species group Charaxes etesipe

The clade members are

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Charaxes achaemenes at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Victor Gurney Logan Van Someren (1970). Revisional notes on African Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part VI. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology)197-250.[3]

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