Photos for easy identification
The forewings are brown or dark brown. A yellow band with dark veins dominates the wing.
The underside of Battus madyes is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Battus madyes are dark brown and they have no tails. The edge is wavy. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots.
The underside is yellowish. The veins are dark. At the outer edge there are a chain of yellow spots and a chain of little blue spots.
The body (abdomen) is yellowish. The thorax is black. The head is black and has white spots. The underside of all parts is yellow.
Sex differences: ---
The first description of this butterfly was in 1846 by Doubleday. There are eleven subspecies.
- Battus madyes adloni [Ehrmann, 1926]
- Battus madyes buechei [Lamas, 1998]
- Battus madyes callangaensis [Möhn, 2001]
- Battus madyes chlorodamas [Guenée, 1872]
- Battus madyes frankenbachi [Möhn, 2001]
- Battus madyes lojaensis [Möhn, 1999]
- Battus madyes magnimacula [Joicey & Talbot, 1925]
- Battus madyes montebanus [Dyar, 1913]
- Battus madyes philetas [Hewitson, 1869]
- Battus madyes plinius [Weymer, 1890]
- Battus madyes tucumanus [Rothschild & Jordan, 1906]
Here you can see the subspecies Battus madyes philetas (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 9 - 10 cm.
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
Battus madyes Doubleday 1846
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Subtribe: BATTINA
- Genus: BATTUS
- Specific name: MADYES