Parides photinus

Parides photinus is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1844 by Doubleday. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. Parides photinus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is black. Red spots dominate the wings. The hind wings have tails. All wings have a blue structure-colour, like a Morpho.



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 photinus (male above / female below).  Parides photinus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The fore wings are black. The wings have a blue structure-colour like a Morpho.
The underside of Parides photinus is dark-brown or black. It has no structure-colour.

The hind wings of Parides photinus are black and they have short tails. The edge is wavy. They have a blue structure-colour. At the outer edge there are two chains of red spots. 
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there is no structure-colour.

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

Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown.


Distribution

Parides photinus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Mexico until Costa Rica.

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 1844 by Doubleday. There are no subspecies.

This butterfly has a blue structure-colour like a Morpho.


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 the blue structure-colour of Parides photinus.


Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Parides photinus Doubleday 1844


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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