Parides zacynthus

Parides zacynthus is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1739 by Fabricius. The wingspan is about 9 – 10 cm. Parides zacynthus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is black. Red, green and white spots 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 zacynthus (male above / female below).  Parides zacynthus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


Description

The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there are some white and one green spots.
The underside of Parides zacynthus is dark-brown or black. Some white or yellowish spots dominate the wing.

The hind wings of Parides zacynthus are black. The edge is wavy. A chain of red spots dominates the wing.
The underside is very similar to the upside.

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 or black. The hind wings (upside and underside) have a chain of large, red spots. At the fore wings there is a white area.


Distribution

Parides zacynthus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this 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 1793 by Fabricius. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Parides zacynthus Fabricius 1793


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEOTROPIC (South America)

 

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