Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Image #2 contributed by U.K
photographer Steve Oddy.
Also known as the Karkloof Emperor, or the Pearl Charaxes
The pearl emperor is a large, active, fast and high flying butterfly. They are usually observed as single individuals flying fast and high.
The wingspan is about 8.0 – 10.0 cm.
This fast flier rests with its wings closed (like most butterflies) so catching a peek of its beautiful orange, red, and bright white upper wings can be challenging.
Avg. Wingspan: 6.5 - 7 cm / 2.5 - 3.5 "
Avg. Body Length: 6.2 - 7.4cm / 2.4 - 2.9 "
Diet: adults feed on tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, carrion. (These butterflies almost never visit flowers.)
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera