Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of white spots.
The underside of Parides agavus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Parides agavus are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing there is a white area with black veins. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional, red spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black and red. The underside of all parts is black and it has red spots.
Sex differences: None.
Parides agavus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Brazila until Paraguay.
- Aristolochia brasiliensis
- Aristolochia fimbriata
- Aristolochia rumicifolia
- Aristolochia triangularis
The first description of this butterfly was in 1782 by Drury. 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
Parides agavus Drury 1782
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Subtribe: TROIDINA
- Genus: PARIDES
- Specific name: AGAVUS