Image Size: 10″ x 7-3/4″
The two-tailed Pasha, with its thick, robust body and somewhat angular wings bordered in pale yellow, is a strong, long-distance flier. Above its wings, the Pasha is clothed in muted shades of bronze and brown suffused with blue-gray at base and a prominent row of cerulean blue spots on the hindwing. Below, this butterfly displays an intricate pattern of brick red and pale yellow accented in black and inlaid with broken bands of pearl white with a broad, white outer band that extends the entire wing length.
Charaxes jasius is widely dispersed along the Mediterranean coast of Europe and throughout tropical to southern Africa. It is a frequent inhabitant of lower growing shrubs and trees along the coast; it is also commonly found in association with its larval host plant, the strawberry tree (arbutus unedo). The two-tailed Pasha generally flies high in the treetops, but occasionally is attracted to decaying fruit and other matter on the ground.
Jacqueline Miller, PhD Associate Curator, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History and Former President, Lepidopterists’ Society
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