Battus lycidas

Battus lycidas is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1777 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. Battus lycidas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown or black. Yellow spots and a greenish structure-colour 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

Here you can see some photos of Battus lycidas.  Battus lycidas is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are dark brown or black. The wings have a greenish structure-colour.
The underside of Battus lycidas is brown. At the outer edge there are some yellow spots.

The hind wings of Battus lycidas are black and they have a greenish structure-colour. The wings have no tails. The edge is wavy. Yellow areas and spots dominate the wing.
The underside is dark 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.

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Distribution

Battus lycidas is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Mexico until Bolivia and Guyana.


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 no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Battus lycidas Cramer 1777


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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