Papilio aristodemus (Island Swallowtail)
Papilio aristodemus, also called Island Swallowtail is a . The first description was in 1794 by Esper. The wingspan is about 9– 10 cm. Papilio aristodemus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is brown. Yellow bands and spots dominate the wings. The hind wings have tails.
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are brown. Two crossbred chains of yellow spots dominate the wing.
The underside of Papilio aristodemus is yellow. In the middle of the wing there are some brown spots.
The hind wings of Papilio aristodemus are brown and they have tails. The edge is wavy. A broad, yellow band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. At the inner edge there is a black-red-blue eye-spot.
The underside is yellow. At the outer edge there are some brown spots. In the middle of the wing there are a chain of white spots and a chain of red spots.
The body (abdomen) is brown with yellow stripes. The thorax and the head are brown and they have two yellow stripes. The underside of all parts is yellow.
Sex differences: ---
Papilio aristodemus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in USA (Florida), Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas.
- Amyris balsamifera
- Amyris elemifera
- Zanthoxylum fagara
The first description of this butterfly was in 1794 by Esper. There are four subspecies.
- Papilio aristodemus bjorndalae [Clench, 1978]
- Papilio aristodemus majasi [Miller, 1987]
- Papilio aristodemus ponceanus [Schaus, 1911]
- Papilio aristodemus temenes [Godart, 1819]
Here you can see the subspecies Papilio aristodemus temenes (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:
Papilio aristodemus Esper 1794
Island Swallowtail, Schaus´Swallowtail
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: ARISTODEMUS