Photos for easy identification
The forewings are dark brown. At the outer edge there is a chains of yellow spots.
The underside of Battus polystictus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Battus polystictus are dark brown and they have no tails. The edge is wavy. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing.
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 yellow spots.
Sex differences: None
- Aristolochia brasiliensis
- Aristolochia fimbriata
- Aristolochia triangularis
The first description of this butterfly was in 1874 by Butler. There is only one subspecies.
Here you can see the subspecies Battus polystictus galenus (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 8 - 10 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:
Similar and closely-related species
Battus polystictus Butler 1874
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: POLYSTICTUS