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Charaxinae is a large subfamily of old-world and new-world butterflies. Adults are robust and strong. Adults are some of the fastest butterflies on the planet. They are mostly found in Africa, for the Charaxes, and South America, for the leafwings and Prepona. Charaxes means "pointed edge." Most Charaxes species feed on the African Mahogany Tree species, while most South American Leafwings feed on Croton species. 

Charaxinae butterflies have large, robust bodies. They also have strong flight muscles and leathery wings. They cannot fly for very long, but they are powerful and can fly extremely fast. 

Charaxes castor showing it's bright colors.

Charaxes trifecta!


This is the typical habitat of these species. 

Species Profiles

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