Tailed Emperor

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Tailed emperorGenus: Charaxes
Species: Charaxes sempronius
Common names: Tailed Emperor
ALA reference

I was lucky to see one adult Tailed Emperor – another large and beautiful butterfly. It has an unusual diet of fermenting fruit and plant exudates such as sap that leaches from damaged plants. I saw this butterfly briefly feed from an exudate from a native vine but unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to photograph this behaviour. However, I did get a photo of it perched characteristically looking downward from a nearby tree. (Deborah Metters)

(November 2013)