Parides ascanius (Fulminense Swallowtail)
Parides ascanius, also called Fulminense Swallowtail is a . 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
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.
Parides ascanius is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Brazil.
- Aristolochia macroura
- Aristolochia rumicifolia
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. 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 ascanius Cramer 1775
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: ASCANIUS