Eurytides protesilaus (Zebra Swallowtail, Zebraschwalbenschwanz)
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are white. The margin is black. Next to the margin there is a long black strip which conflate with the margin in back. At the wing leading edge there are five short black stripes.
The underside is a copy of upside.
The hind wings are white and have very long tails. The margin is ridged and black. Into this black area there are some white spots. In back there is a red and black eye.
The underside is a copy of upside, but there are some differences. Two long black stripes crossing the wing. One of this stripes has a red border. There is less red at the eye.
The body is black, but white from underside.
Sex differences: None.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1758 by Linnaeus. There are some subspecies.
- Eurytides protesilaus archesilaus [C. & R. Felder, 1865]
- Eurytides protesilaus dariensis [Rothschild & Jordan, 1906]
- Eurytides protesilaus leucones [Rothschild & Jordan]
- Eurytides protesilaus macrosilaus [Gray, 1852]
- Eurytides protesilaus nigricornis [Staudinger, 1884]
- Eurytides protesilaus penthesilaus [C. & R. Felder, 1865]
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
Eurytides protesilaus Linnaeus 1758
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: LEPTOCIRCINI
- Genus: EURYTIDES
- Specific name: PROTESILAUS