Papilio erostratus

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Erostratus swallowtail
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Plate accompanying Westwood's 1847 description
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P. erostratus
Binomial name
Papilio erostratus
Westwood, 1847
Synonyms

Papilio rhetus Gray, [1853]

Papilio erostratus, the Erostratus swallowtail, is a species of swallowtail butterfly from the genus Papilio that is found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico.[1]

Description[edit]

Plate from Adalbert Seitz's The Macrolepidoptera of the World showing both Papilio erostratus and Papilio rogeri pharnaces

It is very similar to Papilio pharnaces but in the male the spots on the upper surface of the hindwing are yellowish white. In the female the spots are red also above, larger than in the female of P. pharnaces the marginal spots of both wings also somewhat larger than in the foregoing species. Tail long and narrow. Sympatric with P. pharnaces in western Mexico.[2]

Biology[edit]

It is most common in hilly country at a height of about 1500 m (approximately 5,000 ft).

Subspecies[edit]

  • Papilio erostratus erostratus – (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize)
  • Papilio erostratus erostratinus Vázquez, 1947 – (Mexico)
  • Papilio erostratus vazquezae Beutelspacher, 1986 – (Mexico)

Ecozone[edit]

This species is located in the neotropical ecozone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Papilio erostratus, at Funet.fi
  2. ^ Jordan, K.; in Seitz, A. (1907). The Macrolepidoptera of the World. 5: The Macrolepidoptera of the American faunistic region. Papilionidae 1-45.
  • Lewis, H.L. (1974). Butterflies of the World ISBN 0-245-52097-X Page 24, figure 21.