Photos for easy identification
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.
Parides zacynthus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this in Brazil.
- Aristolochia macroura
- Aristolochia odora
- Aristolochia rumicifolia
The first description of this butterfly was in 1793 by Fabricius. There is only one subspecies.
- Parides zacynthus polymetus [Godart, 1819]
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 zacynthus Fabricius 1793
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: ZACYNTHUS