Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are black. Next to the body there is a large green area with black veins.
The underside of Parides sesostris is dark-brown.
The hind wings of Parides sesostris are black. The edge is wavy.
The underside is dark-brown. Some red spots dominate the wing.
The body (abdomen) is black. The thorax is black. The head is black and it has red spots. The underside of all parts is black and it has red spots.
Sex differences: The basic colour of the female is brown. A yellow spot dominates the fore wings. There is a chain of red spots on the hind wings.
Parides sesostris is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Mexico until Brazil and Peru.
- Aristolochia barbata
- Aristolochia bicolor
- Aristolochia grandiflora
- Aristolochia huberiana
- Aristolochia trianae
- Aristolochia sprucei
The first description of this butterfly was in 1779 by Cramer. There are four subspecies.
- Parides sesostris tarquinius [Boisduval, 1836]
- Parides sesostris trinitensis [Brown, 1994]
- Parides sesostris zestos [Gray, 
- Parides sesostris zischkai [Forster, 1955]
Here you can see the subspecies Parides sesostris zestos (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:
Similar and closely-related speciesv
Parides sesostris Cramer 1779
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: SESOSTRIS