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Charaxes jasius (Linnaeus, 1767)

Имаго  Charaxes jasius


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Nymphalidae subfamily Charaxinae tribe Charaxini genus Charaxes → species Charaxes jasius

Species name(s)

Charaxes jasius (Linnaeus, 1767) = Papilio jasius Linnaeus, 1767 = Charaxes jason = Papilio jason Linnaeus, 1767 = Charaxes major Oberthür 1922 = Papilio rhea Hübner, 1799.

Two-tailed Pasha.



Zoogeographical regions


Forewing length

38—43 mm.


95—100 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Orange, Blue, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  Charaxes jasius

Detailed information with references


  • Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, France, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Balearic Islands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Dodecanese Islands, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Corsica, Crete, Portugal (mainland), Sardinia, North Aegean, Sicily, France (mainland), Croatia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Range: eastern Mediterranean coast of Greece, the former Yugoslavia and eastern Italy, including the islands. To the west it is less common in Spain and Portugal is almost absent. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • A very large for Europe butterfly - the length of the front wing may exceed 4 cm wingspan females can reach 10 cm. The top of the wings is dark brown on the underside allocated contrasting white stripe and 4 blue spot with two tails on each of the rear fenders. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Venues: warm sea coast at an altitude of 500 m, floodplain forests and parklands. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Two generations - from May to June and from August to September. [5].

General info about Larva

  • Larvae Charaxes jasius brilliant green, with small yellow spots. At the head 4 process, and on the back of 2 large green spots. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Arbutus unedo, also Osyris, Brachychiton, Citrus sinensis, Citrus nobilis, Prunus persica, Prunus armericana, Rhamnus, Vaccinium corymbosum, Laurus nobilis, Annona cherimola. [28].
  • The caterpillars feed on the large-fruited strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The first generation larvae live from September to April, the second - from June to July. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Winters caterpillar on evergreens. [5].

Subspecies of Charaxes jasius


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vlad Proklov, Mario Maier.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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