Parides photinus is a . 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
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.
Parides photinus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Mexico until Costa Rica.
- Aristolochia sp.
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.
Here you can see the blue structure-colour of Parides photinus.
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 photinus Doubleday 1844
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: PHOTINUS