Papilio caiguanabus (Poey's Black Swallowtail)
Papilio caiguanabus, also called Poey's Black Swallowtail is a . The first description was in 1852 by Poey. The wingspan is about 8– 9 cm. Papilio caiguanabus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark brown. Yellow and red spots dominate the wings. The hind wings have tails.
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are dark brown. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio caiguanabus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Papilio caiguanabus are dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A chain of yellow spots dominates the wing. At the inner edge there is a black-red eye-spot.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional red and white spots.
The body (abdomen) is brown. The thorax is brown. The head is brown and has red spots. The underside of all parts is brown.
Sex differences: The female has white spots at the upside of wings.
Papilio caiguanabus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Cuba.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1852 by Poey. There are no subspecies.
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
Papilio caiguanabus Poey 1852
Poey's Black Swallowtail
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: CAIGUANABUS