Charaxes varanes

Pearl Charaxes or Karkloof Emperor

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: “Charaxinae”
Estimated Lifespan 24 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 0
Total Number of Pupae Received: 933
First Flown On: 10/14/02
Last Flown On: 10/05/18

Species Range:

  • “Africa”

Host plants:

  • Allophylus

Food Source

The Pearl Charaxes adults prefer to nectar from rotting fruit and dung instead of flowers.


Pearl Charaxes is one of the most common of its genera and is found in almost all habitats.

Life history

Eggs are laid singly on hostplants and caterpillars feed and pupate on those plants.


This butterfly can be found in flight year-round.

Fun Facts

Charaxes are very territorial and will fight to chase other species away from food sources.