Charaxes karkloof

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Karkloof emperor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. karkloof
Binomial name
Charaxes karkloof
van Someren & Jackson, 1957

Charaxes karkloof, the Karkloof emperor, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 45–55 mm in males and 50–60 mm in females. Flight period is from October to June.[2]

Larvae feed on Ochna arborea, Ochna natalitia, and Ochna serrulata.[1][2]


Charaxes karkloof is a member of the large species group Charaxes etheocles


Listed alphabetically.[1]

  • C. k. capensis van Someren, 1966 (South Africa: Eastern Cape Province)
  • C. k. karkloof van Someren & Jackson, 1957 (South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape Province)
  • C. k. trimeni Rydon, 1994 (South Africa: Western Cape Province to Saasveld, and Hoogekraal Pass near George)


  1. ^ a b c "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, 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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