Photos for easy identification
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.
- Aristolochia acanthophylla
- Aristolochia foetida
- Aristolochia grandifolia
- Aristolochia micrantha
- Aristolochia orbicularis
The first description of this butterfly was in 1842 by Westwood. There is only one subspecies.
- Parides montezuma tulana [Reakirt, 1863]
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 montezuma Westwood 1842
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: MONTEZUMA