Battus polystictus

Battus polystictus is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1874 by Butler. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. Battus polystictus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark brown. A chain of yellow spots dominates 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 polystictus (male above / female below).  Battus polystictus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

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


Distribution

Battus polystictus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Brazil until Argentinia.


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 1874 by Butler. There is only one 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 polystictus galenus (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 8 - 10 cm.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Battus polydamas Linnaeus 1758


Scientific name

Battus polystictus Butler 1874


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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