Charaxes castor

Giant Charaxes

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: “Charaxinae”
Estimated Lifespan 8 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 0
Total Number of Pupae Received: 1288
First Flown On: 11/12/02
Last Flown On: 03/22/24

Species Range:

  • “Africa”

Host plants:

  • Afzenia
  • Brachystegia
  • Chaetacme

Food Source

The Giant Charaxes adults prefer to feed on sap, but do feed from the rotten fruit in the Wing.


This butterfly can be found in a variety of habitats ranging from open savannah to closed forest.

Life history

After mating females lay eggs singly on the upperside of the hostplant.


The flight period of this butterfly is year-round but more common in late summer and fall.

Fun Facts

The life cycle from egg to pupa takes about six weeks.