Charaxes etesipe

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Charaxes etesipe
Charaxes etesipe recto.jpg
C. e. etesipe from Cameroon - dorsal view
Charaxes etesipe verso.jpg
C. e. etesipe from Cameroon - ventral view
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. etesipe
Binomial name
Charaxes etesipe
(Godart, 1824)[1]
  • Nymphalis etesipe Godart, 1824
  • Nymphalis etheta Godart, 1824
  • Charaxes etesipe etesipe f. castoroides Poulton, 1926
  • Charaxes etesipe f. caeruleotincta Carpenter, 1945
  • Charaxes tavetensis Rothschild, 1894

Charaxes etesipe, the savannah charaxes or scarce forest emperor, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.


The wingspan is 35–38 millimetres (1.4–1.5 in) for male. The females are larger, reaching 37–45 millimetres (1.5–1.8 in).

The uppersides of the forewings are blackish blue with a greenish tint. The outer margin are generally denticulate (tooth like), with a series of white discal spots. In the hindwings of both sexes there are short tails and a complete series of large pale blue patches. The undersides of the wings are variegated with cream and drab colours.

Adults are on wing from August to October and from March to June. There are two generations per year.[2]

The larvae of subspecies tavetensis feed on Afzelia quanzensis, Dalbergia nitidula, Securidaca longipeduncularis and Margaritaria discoidea. Other subspecies have been recorded on Entada and Afzelia quanzensis.


This species can be found in tropical east and west Africa and in Madagascar.


Charaxes etesipe is a member of the species group Charaxes etesipe

The clade members are:


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  1. ^ "Charaxes Ochsenheimer, 1816" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ 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 (1966). Revisional notes on African Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part III. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology) 45-101.[1]

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