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Charaxes jasius

Linneus 1767

Name Volgare: Nymph of the dwarf, Jason

Family: Nymphalidae

Front wing length mm. 27-33

Description: Caraxes jasius is a beautiful daytime ninphalide with a multicolored livery and wingspan that can reach 8 cm .; The only Mediterranean representative of a widespread kind in tropical Africa. Caraxes jasius habits are special.
The caterpillar feeds exclusively with Corbezzolo leaves; Therefore, its geographical distribution is almost overlapping with the groove. The caterpillars of Caraxes Jasius are lonely: if two individuals meet, they push their heads against their heads; Then each one goes his way.
Adult males are very fighters; When they chose a territory they defend it with agony by chasing other males and even birds (upupe); It happened that they gave a wig to the face of some intruders ... human.
The females, older than the males, after flew for a long time to reduce their wings to shreds, lay an egg at a time. From the egg comes a light caterpillar with small red horns, spiny; After having eaten the remains of the egg, moves on a leaf that becomes its "home"; Only at dusk he moves away, moving on other leaves he nourishes; Then he returns to his "leaf house" following the invisible trace of sericea bava that he left to go. After 40 days, the caterpillar, attached to the bottom of a leaf, suspended in the vacuum, upside down, becomes a chrysalis, from which, after four weeks, the adult flickers. Unlike other Lepidopteras, adults do not like flower nectar; They prefer sweet ripe fruit in fermentation, from which they pick the pulp through the suctioning mouthpiece called the spirit spiral.

Male: Dark brown color. Front anterior with concave edge, a large submarginal orange band crossed by black ribs and a series of subglacially subdued spaces of the same color. Rear with black toothed rim, two black tails at the third median and second cubic ribs, a wide yellow marginal orange border crossed by the black ribs and preceded by some blue spaces.

Female: Similar to male but larger.

Reverse: basal and reddish brownish area with greenish-gray spots with whitish barking results in a complex cross-design. White Postdisk Band. In the front wings, marginal and orange premarginal bands. In the posterior wings, marginal band preceded by blue spaces surrounded by black.

Bruco: Equipped with small red horns, spiny

Distribution: coastal areas of the peninsula and islands

Habitat: Xerotermophilous species, frequencies of the Mediterranean scrub from the sea level up to about 800 meters s.l.m.

Annual Generations: Two, with adult flickering in June and August-September.

Nursery plants: Arbutus unedo

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16364 W: 130 N: 33842] (189071)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-09-21
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/0.8, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-09-22 1:33
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