Photos for easy identification
The forewings are darkbrown or black.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings are black and have a greenish structur-colour. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a yellow area. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of little, yellow spots.
The underside is brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots.
The body (abdomen) is yellow. The thorax is black. The head is black and has white spots. The underside of all parts is black and has white spots.
Sex differences: All yellow spots and areas of the female are larger.
- Aristolochia huberiana
The first description of this butterfly was in 1777 by Cramer. There are four subspecies.
Here you can see the subspecies Battus belus cochabamba (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 10 - 12 cm.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
Battus belus Cramer 1777
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Subtribe: BATTINA
- Genus: BATTUS
- Specific name: BELUS