Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. In the middle of the wing there is a yellowish band with black veins.
The underside of Parides phalaecus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Parides phalaecus are black and they have tails. The edge is wavy. In the middle of the wing there is a yellowish band with black veins. At the outer edge there is a chain of red spots.
The underside is very similar to the upside. But, there are additional, red spots.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black. The underside of all parts is black and it has red spots.
Sex differences: ---
Parides phalaecus is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Ecuador until Peru.
- Aristolochia weberbaueri
The first description of this butterfly was in 1869 by Hewitson. There is only one subspecies.
- Parides phalaecus nieva [Möhn, 1999]
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 phalaecus Hewitson 1869
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: PHALAECUS