Fast flying, fruit-feeding tropical nymphalids with particularly large radiations in the neotropical and Afrotropical regions.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
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|Specimens with Sequences:||4,935||Public Species:||241|
|Specimens with Barcodes:||4,589||Public BINs:||179|
|Species With Barcodes:||744|
Charaxinae, the leafwings, is a nymphalid subfamily of butterflies that includes about 400 species, inhabiting mainly the tropics, although some species extend into temperate regions in North America, Europe, China and southern Australia. There are significant variations between the species. For example, some are medium-sized and bright orange above, but mottled gray or brown below. This underwing coloration helps them resemble a dead leaf when they are at rest as they keep their wings closed. With relatively few exceptions, the hindwings of the members of this subfamily have jagged edges.
Males establish territories and perch on tree trunks, branches, and even the ground. The eggs are smooth and round and generally with a somewhat concave apex.
Tribe Charaxini Guenée, 1865
Tribe Pallini Rydon, 1971
Tribe Anaeini (also see tribe article)
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- Daniels, Jaret C. (2003). Butterflies of the Carolinas. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications, Inc.. pp. 12. ISBN 1-59193-007-3.
- Rydon, A.H.B. 1971. The systematics of the Charaxidae (Lepidoptera: Nymphaloidea). Entomologists Record 83: 219-233, 283-287, 310-316, 336-341, 384-388, 6 figs., 4 plates.
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