Charaxes pelias

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Protea emperor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. pelias
Binomial name
Charaxes pelias
(Cramer, [1775])[1]
  • Papilio pelias Cramer, [1775]
  • Eriboea pelopia Hübner, [1819]

Charaxes pelias, the protea emperor or protea charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, found in South Africa.[2]

The wingspan is 60–70 mm in males and 65–75 mm in females. It has successive broods from September to April.[3]

The larvae feed on Hypocalyptus obcordatus, Osyris compressa, Osyris lanceolata, and Rafnia species.[2][3]


The members of the Charaxes jasius group are:


  1. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: File H - Charaxinae - Tribe Charaxini
  2. ^ a b "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, 1963 Revisional notes on African Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part I. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology) 195-242. [1]

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