Papilio thersites

Papilio thersites is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1775 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 11 – 12 cm. Papilio thersites is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark brown. A Broad yellow band dominates 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 thersites. Papilio thersites is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The forewings are dark brown. A broad yellow band dominates the wing.
The underside of Papilio thersites is very similar to the upside. But, at the front edge there are some additional yellow stripes.

The hind wings of Papilio thersites are dark brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. Next to the body there is a large yellow area. At the outer edge there is a chain of little yellow spots.
The underside is yellow. The outer edge is dark brown and contains chains of red, blue-white and yellow spots.

The body (abdomen) is yellow and has a black stripe. The thorax is black. The head is black and has yellow spots. The underside of all parts is yellow.

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Distribution

Papilio thersites is a butterfly from the Neotropic ecozone (South America). The area of ​​distribution of this butterfly is restricted to Jamaica.

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 1775 by Fabricius. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Papilio androgeus Cramer 1775

Papilio astyalus Godart 1819

Papilio himeros Hopffer 1866

Papilio thoas Linnaeus 1771


Scientific name

Papilio thersites Fabricius 1775


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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