Eurytides protesilaus (Zebra Swallowtail, Zebraschwalbenschwanz)

Eurytides protesilaus, also called Zebra Swallowtail is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 8 – 10 cm. Eurytides protesilaus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The butterfly is white with black stripes. Hind wings have very long tails.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Eurytides protesilaus (Zebra Swallowtail). Eurytides protesilaus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


The forewings are white. The margin is black. Next to the margin there is a long black strip which conflate with the margin in back. At the wing leading edge there are five short black stripes.
The underside is a copy of upside.

The hind wings are white and have very long tails. The margin is ridged and black. Into this black area there are some white spots. In back there is a red and black eye.
The underside is a copy of upside, but there are some differences. Two long black stripes crossing the wing. One of this stripes has a red border. There is less red at the eye.

The body is black, but white from underside.

Sex differences: None.


Eurytides protesilaus is a butterfly of the Neotropic ecozone (South America). You can observe this butterfly from Mexico until Bolivia and Brazil.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Soursop fruit

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1758 by Linnaeus. There are some subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Iphiclides podalirius Linnaeus 1758 (Scrarce Swallowtail) EUROPE  

Scientific name

Eurytides protesilaus Linnaeus 1758

Other names

 Zebra Swallowtail
 Zebra Schwalbenschwanz 

Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

To the family tree (Genus: EURYTIDES)... 


NEOTROPIC (South America)


To the top

Back to family Papilionidae from NEOTROPIC (SOUTH AMERICA)


Apatura iris
Inachis io
Nymphalis antiopa
Apatura iris
Vanessa atalanta
Papilio machaon
Pierides sp.
Copyright 2018
Our website uses cookies. OK