Papilio caiguanabus (Poey's Black Swallowtail)

Papilio caiguanabus, also called Poey's Black Swallowtail is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). 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

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 caiguanabus  (Poey´s black Swallowtail) (male above / female below). Papilio caiguanabus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

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.


Distribution

Papilio caiguanabus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Cuba.


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 Poey. There are no subspecies.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Papilio caiguanabus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Papilio caiguanabus Poey 1852


Other names

Poey's Black Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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