Charaxes vansoni

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Van Son's emperor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. vansoni
Binomial name
Charaxes vansoni
van Someren, 1975
  • Charaxes viola phaeus f. vansoni van Someren and Jackson, 1957

Charaxes vansoni, the Van Son's emperor, 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 Peltophorum africanum.[1][2]


Charaxes vansoni 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. 
  • Henning, S.F. (1979) History of some recently described Charaxes with the description and life history of Charaxes vansoni van Someren (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 91 (7-8):177-184. Explanation of status as full species
  • Van Someren, V.G.L., 1969 Revisional notes on African Charaxes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part V. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) (Entomology)75-166.[1] page 129 description as female form of Charaxes viola phaeus page 137 Plate 21 figs 199, 200
  • Van Someren, V.G.L., 1975 Revisional notes on African Charaxes, Palla and Euxanthe (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part X. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Entomology) 32 (3):65-136 [2] page 108 sp. nov.

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