Photos for easy identificationv
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of white spots.
The underside of Parides bunichus is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Parides bunichus are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing there is a white area with black veins. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black and red. The underside of all parts is black and it has red spots.
Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown.
Parides bunichus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Brazila until Argentina.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1821 by Hübner. There are four subspecies.
Here you can see the subspecies Parides bunichus chamissonia (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 7 - 9 cm.
Here you can see the subspecies Parides bunichus damocrates (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 7 - 8 cm.
Here you can see the subspecies Parides bunichus perrhebus (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 7 - 8 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
Parides bunichus Hübner 1821
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: BUNICHUS