Battus eracon

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West-Mexican swallowtail
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Battus
Species: B. eracon
Binomial name
Battus eracon
(Godman & Salvin, 1897)
  • Papilio eracon Godman & Salvin, 1897
  • Papilio eracon f. ochracea Vázquez, 1953 preocc. (not Rousseau-Decelle, 1933)
  • Papilio eracon ab. incolorus Vázquez, 1957

Battus eracon, the west-Mexican swallowtail or Colima swallowtail, is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae.[1][2] It is found in western Mexico where it is local and uncommon.[3] The larvae feed on Aristolochia tentaculata.[4]


The forewing has a row of submarginal spots. The hindwing has a uniformly curved band of spots, placed about midway between the cell and the outer margin. Under surface of the hindwing has red submarginal spots, each with a yellowish white dot at the outer side.


  1. ^ Warren, A. D.; et al. (2010). "Battus eracon". Butterflies of America. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Glassberg, Jeffrey (2007). A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Sunstreak Books Inc. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4243-0915-3. 
  3. ^ Collins, N. Mark; Morris, Michael G. (1985). Threatened Swallowtail Butterflies of the World: The IUCN Red Data Book. Gland & Cambridge: IUCN. p. 66. ISBN 978-2-88032-603-6 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library. 
  4. ^ Savela, Markku. "Battus eracon". Retrieved 24 January 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lamas, Gerardo (2004). Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part4A Hesperioidea–Papilionoidea. Gainesville, Florida: Scientific Publishers, Inc. p. 90. ISBN 0-945417-28-4. 
  • Edwin Möhn, 2002 Schmetterlinge der Erde, Butterflies of the World Part V (5), Papilionidae II: Battus. Edited by Erich Bauer and Thomas Frankenbach Keltern: Goecke & Evers; Canterbury: Hillside Books. ISBN 978-3-931374-70-9 Illustrates and identifies 14 species and 49 subspecies. Page 6, plate 9, figures 7-8, plate 19, figures 3-4.