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Tawny Rajah

Charaxes bernardus crepax




tropical forest


I spotted this at Thung Salaeng Luang national park.

2 species ID suggestions

Ashish 2 years ago
Tawny Rajah
Charaxes bernardus Charaxes bernardus
MartinL 2 years ago
Charaxes Butterfly
Charaxes distanti Archivo:Charaxes distanti MHNT.jpg


dandoucette a year ago

I'm going with the Tawny Rajah, thanks everyone for the help.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Must be... what I feels since seen this spotting a Rajah....
Dan I find you are on right track now...

dandoucette a year ago

Does everyone agree with Tawny Rajah -Charaxes bernardus crepax?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Yes gatorfellows thats why I share my spottings only on project Noah...where we exchange lessons on Real Life...

gatorfellows a year ago

I too only rely on organism observation and am learning to use photos as a source for that information. I hoping to learn more about other butterflies of the world. I am not familiar with the ID specifics, wet/dry changes or ranges or of the Rajah. Thank you for your comments and suggestions. They led me to areas I had not explored.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

Gatorfellows I am not biologists or expert on any Organism. but with organism observation I expressed my suggestions. As you said Charaxes bernardus crepax match might correct... as it is a Rajah race what I always think about this butterfly... Thanks for your precious comment.

gatorfellows 2 years ago

Warning you may not want this answer. What I see is so far is none of the above, and I was not able to find a definitive answer.

Using best Ventral photo of Charaxes distanti Icould find;
I do not see a match along the edge of the forewing. Yours has a more variable white markings that go into clear black points. Distanti looks smudgier? Your photo shows a clear white line next to the dark midwing line in the forewing and even more visible in the hindwing. Like one traces the other. Your hindwing does have a longer tail and slightly squarer shape than that of the wiki specimen.

Now why I do not like the Charaxes bernardus. Hindwing tail and shape matches, white line next to black line midwing matches, but the edge markings of the forewing on most photos I find are quite plain, no white going into dark points. None seemed to have clear markings like yours.

I did find a variety Charaxes bernardus crepax that was closer. It is in the Panti Forest and I do not know if that is in your range or the credibility of the blogger;

Charaxes aristogiton has more issues with wing edge patterns not matching.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Dan underwing shape do not match with distanti specie as tail like conical shape mostly find in Tawny Rajas...
This butterfly's colours are much variable in seasons... what is truly amazing.
In my spottings Tawny Rajah has 2 different forms.

dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Joshua, Ricardo and Dana.

Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 2 years ago


Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 2 years ago

that is a gorgeous buttuerfly

dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Carol and Ashish for the suggestions but I think martin's ID is correct, thanks martin.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Dan one of Scarce Tawny Rajah and Tawny Rajah find in Thailand.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

It beautiful and seen in dry seasonal form.

CarolSnowMilne 2 years ago


พิษณุโลก, Thailand

Lat: 17.12, Long: 100.56

Spotted on Feb 27, 2012
Submitted on Jul 30, 2012

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