Charaxes violetta

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Violet-spotted emperor
Novitates Zoologicae1900PlateVII.jpg
Male figures 1 and 2, female figure 8
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Charaxes
Species: C. violetta
Binomial name
Charaxes violetta
Grose-Smith, 1885

Charaxes violetta, the violet-spotted emperor or violet-spotted charaxes, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 65–70 mm for males and 75–85 mm for females. Species is double brooded from August to October and April to June.[2]

Larvae feed on Blighia unijugata) and Deinbollia species.[1][2]

In Adalbert Seitz's Fauna Africana

Full description[edit]


Charaxes tiridates group.

The supposed clade members are:

For a full list see Eric Vingerhoedt, 2013.[3]


Listed alphabetically:[1]

  • C. v. maritima van Someren, 1966 (coast of Kenya, Tanzania: north-east to the coast)
  • C. v. melloni Fox, 1963 (Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, Malawi, eastern Tanzania)
  • C. v. meru van Someren, 1966 (Kenya: north-eastern slopes of Mount Kenya and in the Njombeni Hills)
  • C. v. violetta Grose-Smith, 1885 (southern Mozambique, South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal)


Afrotropical ecozone


  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. 
  3. ^ "African Charaxes/Charaxes Africains Eric Vingerhoedt, 2013". [permanent dead link]

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