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Monday, October 14, 2013

Pearl Emperor (Charaxes varanes)

Family  Nymphalidae Charaxinae
 A very large butterfly with a wingspan of 6.5-7cm.

Found in a broad band from the northern regions around the eastern coast almost up to Cape Town.
In warmer areas they are found the year round.
Info: Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa (Steve Woodhall)


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have never seen one of those, it is quite beautiful. Have a good week Diane

Firefly said...

He's beautiful

Gaelyn said...


Sue C said...

What a stunning butterfly!

Dave said...

what a lovely species