Giant Charaxes

Charaxes castor

Giant Charaxes, Charaxes castor, South Nandi Forest, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This butterfly was observed along a wet road surface through South Nandi Forest, Kenya, April 2013. Unfortunately it had been crushed by a passing motor vehicle.

Many butterflies and moths rely on just one or a few related species of plants as food for their immature stage which is a larva (caterpillar). Charaxes instead are known to feed on a wide variety of unrelated plants. Adults are very strong fliers and can be difficut to capture either with a net or camera. The challenge together with their beautiful patterns has made them a favorite with Lepidopterists.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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