Charaxes bohemani

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Large blue emperor
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. bohemani
Binomial name
Charaxes bohemani
C. & R. Felder, 1859

Charaxes bohemani, the large blue emperor, large blue charaxes or divebomber charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in eastern and southern Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 65–75 mm in males and 78–95 mm in females. Their flight period is year-round.[2]


A full description is given by Walter Rothschild and Karl Jordan, 1900 Novitates Zoologicae Volume 7:287-524. [1] page 374-376 (for terms see Novitates Zoologicae Volume 5:545-601 [2])

The larvae feed on Afzelia quanzensis, Brachystegia spiciformis, Julbernardia globiflora, Lonchocarpus capassa, Dalbergia nitidula, Scotia brachypetala, and Xeroderris stuhlmanni.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Charaxes Ochsenheimer, 1816" 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, 1971 Revisional notes on African Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part VII. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology)181-226.[3]

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