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Charaxes monteiri


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Family Nymphalidae

'The Nymphalidae are members of the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. Distributed worldwide, butterflies of this family are especially rich in the tropics. They are highly variable, and there are more species in this family than in any other. Adults vary in size from small to large, and their front legs are reduced, unable to be used for walking. Wing shape is also highly variable: some species have irregular margins (anglewings and commas), and others have long taillike projections (daggerwings). Browns, oranges, yellows, and blacks are frequent colors, while iridescent colors such as purples and blues are rare. Adults of some groups are the longest-lived butterflies, surviving 6-11 months. Adult feeding behavior depends on the species, where some groups primarily seek flower nectar while others only feed on sap flows , rotting fruit, dung, or animal carcasses. Males exhibit perching and patrolling behaviors when seeking mates. Egg-laying varies widely, as some species lay eggs in clustsers, others in columns, and others singly. Caterpillar appearance and behavior vary widely. Brushfoots overwinter as larvae or adults.


Subfamily Charaxinae

The Charaxinae are members of the Family Nymphalidae. These leafwings and relatives are primarily a tropical group of medium to large-sized, robust , fast-flying butterflies. In North America, they are limited to the leafwings.[2]


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Similar Species

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Members of the genus Charaxes

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 7 species and subspecies in this genus:

C. alpinus (Montane Charaxes) · C. bocqueti (Bocquets Demon Charaxes) · C. candiope (Green-Veined Charaxes) · C. catachrous (Silver Demon Charaxes) · C. etheocles (Demon Charaxes) · C. guderiana (Blue-Spangled Charaxes) · C. imperialis (Imperial Blue Charaxes)

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Last Revised: 2014-05-12