Charaxes protoclea azota - Flame-bordered emperor

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Charaxes protoclea
Charaxes protoclea

Photo(s): Alan Gardiner, Catapu, Mozambique

Species details:

Note: photo shows the male. The larger female is quite different with a narrow red border, orange spots in the forewing and large white patches in fore- and hindwings above. The underside is paler purplish with a distinct yellowish bar.
Distribution: Most common in forested areas of Mozambique and Eastern Zimbabwe. It only just enters into coastal South Africa.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
Larval food (by plant species):
Fabaceae subfamily CaesalpinioideaeAfzelia quanzensis (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily CaesalpinioideaeBrachystegia spiciformis (Food plant)

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Charaxes protoclea azota., retrieved 18 June 2024

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