Photos for easy identification
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.
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.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1836 by Boisduval. There are two subspecies.
- Papilio paeon escomeli [Cockerell, 1927]
- Papilio paeon thrason [C. & R, Felder, 1865]
Here you can see some macro photographs of Papilio paeon.
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 paeon Boisduval 1836
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: PAEON