Battus crassus

Battus crassus is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1777 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. Battus crassus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown or black. Yellowish areas dominate the wings. The hind wings have no tails.


Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Battus crassus (male above / female below).  Battus crassus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are darkbrown or black. A yellowish area dominates the wing.
The underside of Battus crassus is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Battus crassus are black and have a greenish structure-colour. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a yellowish area.
The underside is brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots.

The body (abdomen) is in parts yellowish. 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: The female has a smaller yellowish area at the hind wings. The abdomen is brown.


Distribution

Battus crassus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Costa Rica until Bolivia and Brazil.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Aristolochiaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1777 by Cramer. There are three subspecies.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Battus crassus hirundo (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 10 - 12 cm.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Battus crassus lepidus (male). The wingspan is about 11 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Battus belus Cramer 1777

Battus laodamas C. & R. Felder 1859


Scientific name

Battus crassus Cramer 1777


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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