Photos for easy identification
The forewings are dark brown or black. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio esperanza is very similar to the upside. But, next to the body there are additional yellow stripes. And the outer edge is orange.
The hind wings of Papilio esperanza are dark brown or black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a red eye-spot.
The underside is orange. The veins are black and yellow bordered. Two black stripes dominate the wing.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black and has two yellow stripes. The head is black. The underside of all parts is yellow-orange.
Sex differences: ---
Papilio esperanza is a butterfly from the Neotropic ecozone (South America). You can observe this butterfly in Mexico.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1975 by Beutelspacher. 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 esperanza Beutelspacher 1975
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: ESPERANZA