Papilio cacicus

Papilio cacicus is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1852 by Lucas. The wingspan is about 8 – 9 cm. Papilio cacicus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark brown or black. A broad, yellow band dominates the wings. The hind wings have two 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 cacicus (male above / female below). Papilio cacicus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The fore wings are dark brown or black. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow or redish spots.
The underside of Papilio cacicus is very similar to the upside. But the wing tip is brown.

The hind wings of Papilio cacicus are dark brown or black and they have two tails. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots. 
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.

The body is dark brown. The thorax is dark brown. The head dark brown. The underside of all parts is dark brown.  

Sex differences: The female is brown. There are red spots at the fore wings. The hind wings have no yellow band.


Distribution

Papilio cacicus is a butterfly from the Neotropic ecozone (South America). The area of ​​distribution of this butterfly stretches from Peru to Venezuela.

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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1852 by Lucas. There are four subspecies.

 

 

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio cacicus inca (male).

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

Here you can see the subspecies Papilio cacicus nesrinae (male).


Macro photographs

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer; macro photograph of Papilio caciucs nesrinae (underside)

Here you can see a macro photo of Papilio cacicus nesrinae (male).


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio garamas Geyer 1829

Papilio warscewiczii Hopffer 1866


Scientific name

Papilio cacicus Lucas 1852


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Back to family Papilionidae from NEOTROPIC (SOUTH AMERICA)

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