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Tawny Rajah

Charaxes bernardus crepax

Description:

2.5"

Habitat:

tropical forest

Notes:

I spotted this at Thung Salaeng Luang national park.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Ashish
Ashish 8 years ago
Tawny Rajah
Charaxes bernardus Charaxes bernardus
MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago
Charaxes Butterfly
Charaxes distanti Archivo:Charaxes distanti MHNT.jpg


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16 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Must be... what I feels since seen this spotting a Rajah....
Dan I find you are on right track now...
http://www.pbase.com/image/86807944

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Does everyone agree with Tawny Rajah -Charaxes bernardus crepax?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

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

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years 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 8 years 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
gatorfellows 8 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; http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Cha...
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; http://peacockroyal.blogspot.com/2010/12...

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Dan underwing shape do not match with distanti specie as tail like conical shape mostly find in Tawny Rajas...
https://www.google.co.in/search?q=Charax...
https://www.google.co.in/search?q=Charax...
This butterfly's colours are much variable in seasons... what is truly amazing.
In my spottings Tawny Rajah has 2 different forms.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks Joshua, Ricardo and Dana.

Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 8 years ago

Beautiful!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

that is a gorgeous buttuerfly

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

It beautiful and seen in dry seasonal form.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

Lovely!

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

พิษณุโลก, Thailand

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

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