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White Stripe Charaxes Butterfly

Charaxes make up the huge genus of the brush-footed butterfly. Charaxes frequent sunny forest openings and glades where they rest with open wings sunning themselves. When alerted, they close their wings exposing the cryptic underside. Certain favored perches are selected and intruders are chased and driven off. Charaxes feed in part at oozes from tree wounds infested with beetle or other larvae and on rotting fruit.

The most striking features in the habits of Charaxes are the rapid flight, the partially to putrid matter, and the consistency with which a specimen returns to the same spot. The males come often in some numbers to water pools on roads; both sexes are fond of the juice of trees, of decaying fruits, dung of animals, and putrid meat.

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