Charaxes phaeus

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Demon emperor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Charaxini
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. phaeus
Binomial name
Charaxes phaeus
Hewitson, 1877
  • Charaxes etheocles etheocles f. coryndoni Rothschild, 1900
  • Charaxes etheocles f. imitatrix Niepelt, 1924

Charaxes phaeus, the demon emperor or dusky charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 48–56 mm in males and 50–60 mm in females. It flies year-round, with peaks from February to May and in spring.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia nigrescens, Amblygonocarpus andongensis, Erythrophleum africanum, and Tamarindus indica.[1][2]


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


  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. 

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