Parides montezuma

Parides montezuma is a butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1842 by Westwood. The wingspan is about 7 – 8 cm. Parides montezuma is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of this butterfly is dark-brown or black. Red spots dominate the wings. The hind wings have short tails.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of  Parides montezuma (male).  Parides montezuma is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Neotropic ecozone (South America).


The fore wings are dark-brown or black.
The underside of Parides montezuma are brown.

The hind wings of Parides montezuma is dark-brown or black. They have short tails. The edge is wavy. 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. The underside of all parts is dark-brown and it has red spots. 

Sex differences: ---


Parides montezuma is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Mexico until Costa Rica.

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

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1842 by Westwood. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species


Scientific name

Parides montezuma Westwood 1842

Other names


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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NEOTROPIC (South America)


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