charaxinae

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The Dragon Awakes!

Tawny Rajah Butterfly “Dragonhead” Caterpillar (Charaxes bernardus, Charaxinae, Nymphalidae)

The larvae of the butterflies of the Nymphalid subfamily Charaxinae are blessed with impressive head ornamentation appropriately earning them the title of dragonhead caterpillars.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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One-spotted Prepona (Archaeoprepona demophon)

Also known as the banded king shoemaker or demophon shoemaker, the one-spotted prepona is a species of leafwing (Charaxinae) which is distributed throughout Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and northern portions of South America. A. demophon larvae are known to feed on plants of the genera Annona and Malpighia, while adults frequent rotten fruit, flowers, and occasionally dung. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Nymphalidae-Charaxinae-Preponini-Archaeoprepona-A. demophon

Image: Cary Bass

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Blue Nawab (Polyura schreiber tisamenus)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 23rd February 2016

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Rajah Butterfly “Dragonhead” Caterpillar (most likely Charaxes bernardus (Tawny Rajah), Charaxinae, Nymphalidae)

The larvae of the butterflies of the Nymphalid subfamily Charaxinae are blessed with impressive head ornamentation appropriately earning them the title of dragonhead caterpillars.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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