Papilio paeon

Papilio paeon is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1836 by Boisduval. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. Papilio paeon is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is brown. Yellow bands and 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

Here you can see some photos of Papilio paeon. Papilio paeon is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are brown. In the middle of wing there is a yellow band. Beside this band there are some yellow spots.
The underside of Papilio paeon is yellow. The outer edge is brown. In the middle of the wing there is a brown area.

The hind wings of Papilio paeon are dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a yellow band. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of yellow spots. At the  outer edge there is a chain of little, yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a red-black eye-spot.
The underside is yellow. In the middle of the wing there is a red area which contains yellow spots. The outer edge is brown and contains a chain of yellow spots.

The body (abdomen) is brown and it has two yellow strips. The thorax and the head are brown and have two yellow stripes. The underside of all parts is yellow.

Sex differences: None.


Distribution

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

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 1836 by Boisduval. There are two subspecies.

Macro photographs

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, Macro photograph of Papilio paeon (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, Macro photograph of Papilio paeon (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, Macro photograph of Papilio paeon (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, Macro photograph of Papilio paeon (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, Macro photograph of Papilio paeon (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 26.08.2006, Macro photograph of Papilio paeon (underside)

Here you can see some macro photographs of Papilio paeon.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio aristodemus Espewr 1794

Papilio cresphontes Cramer 1777

Papilio thoas Linnaeus 1771


Scientific name

Papilio paeon Boisduval 1836


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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