Papilio anchisiades (Red-spotted Swallowtail)

Papilio anchisiades, also called Red-spotted Swallowtail is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1788 by Esper. The wingspan is about 8– 10 cm. Papilio anchisiades is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark brown. White and red spots dominate the wings. The hind wings have 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 Papilio anchisiades (Red-spotted Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio anchisiades is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are brown or dark brown. A white spot dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio anchisiades is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Papilio anchisiades are dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. Some red spots dominate the wing.
The underside is brown. Two chains of red spots dominate the wing.

The body (abdomen) is dark brown. The thorax is dark brown. The head is dark brown and has red spots. The underside of all parts is dark brown.

Sex differences: None.


Distribution

Papilio anchisiades is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from USA (Texas) until Venezuela and Argentina.

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

Larval food

Rutaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1788 by Esper. There are four subspecies.

The female lay eggs in big clutch. The caterpillar is green, gregarious and eat only at night. The flight period is from May to October.

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

Hier ist die Unterart Papilio anchisiades capys zu sehen (Männchen links/ Weibchen rechts). Die Flügelspannweite beträgt 10 - 12 cm.

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

Hier ist die Unterart Papilio anchisiades idaeus zu sehen (Männchen links/ Weibchen rechts). Die Flügelspannweite beträgt 8 - 12 cm.

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

Here you can see another male of Papilio anchisiades.

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see another photos of Papilio anchisiades.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio chiansiades Westwood 1872

Papilio hyppason Cramer 1775

Papilio isidorus Doubleday 1846


Scientific name

Papilio anchisiades Esper 1788


Other names

 Red-spotted Swallowtail, Ruby-spotted Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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