Parides ascanius (Fulminense Swallowtail)

Parides ascanius, also called Fulminense Swallowtail is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 8 – 10 cm. Parides ascanius is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is darkbrown or black. White bands and red 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
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of  Parides ascanius (Fulminense Swallowtail) (male above / female below).  Parides ascanius is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown or black. In the middle of the wing there is a broad white band with black veins.
The underside of Parides ascanius is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Parides ascanius are dark-brown or black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing there is a broad white-pink band with black veins. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots. 
The underside is very similar to the upside.

The body (abdomen) is dark-brown. The thorax is dark-brown. The head is dark-brown. The underside of all parts is black and it has red spots. 

Sex differences: None. 


Distribution

Parides ascanius is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Brazil.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Aristolochiaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Parides ascanius Cramer 1775


Other names

 Fulminense Swallowtail


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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