Charaxes guderiana

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Blue-spangled emperor
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. guderiana
Binomial name
Charaxes guderiana
(Dewitz, 1879)
  • Nymphalis guderiana Dewitz, 1879
  • Charaxes pelias var. tanganyika Robbe, 1892
  • Charaxes guderiana ab. burtti Carpenter, 1945

Charaxes guderiana, the blue-spangled emperor, Guderian's charaxes or blue-spangled charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Africa.[2] The habitat is Brachystegia woodland.

The wingspan is 50–60 mm in males and 60–70 mm in females. Its flight period is year round.[3]

Larvae feed on Brachystegia spicaeformis, Brachystegia boehmii, Brachystegia taxifolia, Julbernardia globiflora, Amblygonocarpus andongensis, and Dalbergia lactea.[2][3]


Listed alphabetically:[2]

  • C. g. guderiana (Dewitz, 1879) (Angola, north-eastern Namibia, north-eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, southern and western Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa)
  • C. g. rabaiensis Poulton, 1929 (coast of Kenya)


Charaxes guderiana is a member of the large species group Charaxes etheocles.


Afrotropical ecozone


  1. ^ Larsen, T.B. (2011). "Charaxes guderiana". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T159854A5340703. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T159854A5340703.en. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Charaxes Ochsenheimer, 1816" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  3. ^ 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.[1]

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