Papilio anchisiades

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Ruby-spotted swallowtail
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. anchisiades
Binomial name
Papilio anchisiades
Esper, 1788[1]

6, see text

  • Papilio anchises Stoll, 1780, not Linnaeus, 1758
  • Papilio hipponous Hübner, [1819]
  • Papilio archelaus Godart, 1819
  • Papilio theramenes C. & R. Felder, 1861
  • Heraclides matusiki Johnson & Rozycki, 1986
  • Papilio isidorus Bates, 1861 (preocc. Doubleday, 1846)
  • Papilio pompeius Kirby, 1871 (preocc. Fabricius, 1781)
  • Heraclides isidorus
  • Priamides anchisiades
  • Heraclides anchisiades
  • Papilio idaeus Fabricius, 1793
  • Papilio pandion Bates, 1861
  • Papilio pandion C. & R. Felder, 1865
  • Papilio pandonius Staudinger, 1894
  • Papilio evander Godart, 1819 (preocc. Stoll, 1780)

Papilio anchisiades, the ruby-spotted swallowtail[1][2] or red-spotted swallowtail,[3] is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is found from southern Texas south to Argentina. Rare strays can be found up to Kansas, southeastern Arizona, and western Texas.

The wingspan is 70–100 mm. There are several generations per year with adults on wing from May to October.

The larvae feed on various species of the Rutaceae family, including Citrus, Casimiroa, and Zanthoxylum species. The adults feed on flower nectar.


Listed alphabetically.[3]

  • Papilio anchisiades anchisiades – (Venezuela, Colombia to the Guayanas, Peru)
  • Papilio anchisiades capys (Hübner, [1809]) – (Bolivia to Parana, Argentina, Paraguay)
  • Papilio anchisiades idaeus (Fabricius, 1793) – ruby-spotted swallowtail (Texas, Mexico to Panama)[2]
  • Papilio anchisiades lamasi (Brown, 1994) – (Ecuador)
  • Papilio anchisiades philastrius Fruhstorfer, 1915 – (Trinidad)



  1. ^ a b Ruby-spotted Swallowtail, Learn about Butterflies
  2. ^ a b Heraclides anchisiades idaeus (Fabricius, 1793), Butterflies of America
  3. ^ a b Papilio anchisiades,

Other reading[edit]

  • Bauer, Erich and Thomas Frankenbach (1998). Schmetterlinge der Erde, Butterflies of the World Part I (1), Papilionidae Papilionidae I: Papilio, Subgenus Achillides, Bhutanitis, Teinopalpus. Edited by Erich Bauer and Thomas Frankenbach. Keltern: Goecke & Evers; Canterbury: Hillside Books ISBN 9783931374624
  • Lewis, H. L. (1974). Butterflies of the World ISBN 0-245-52097-X Page 24, figure 9.

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