Parides vertumnus

Parides vertumnus is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1779 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. Parides vertumnus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark-brown or black. Red and green areas dominate the wings. The hind wings have no 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 vertumnus (male above / female below).  Parides vertumnus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The fore wings are dark-brown or black. Next to the body there is a green area.
The underside of Parides vertumnus is dark-brown or black.

The hind wings of Parides vertumnus are black. The edge is wavy. A red area with black veins dominates the wing.
The underside is black. Some red spots dominate the wing.

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 dark-brown. A large white area dominates the fore wing. And a large red area dominates the hind wings.


Distribution

Parides vertumnus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Colombia and Venezuela until Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

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 1779 by Cramer. There are eight subspecies.

The hind wings has a structure-colour.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Parides vertumnus yuracares (male). The wingspan is about 8 cm.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the structure-colour (male).


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Parides panares Gray 1853


Scientific name

Parides vertumnus Cramer 1779


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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