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Protesilaus Swallowtail - Eurytides protesilaus

Protesilaus Swallowtail - Eurytides protesilaus

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Eurytides protesilaus , also known as the Protésilaus swallowtail , is a butterfly in the family Papilionidae found in parts of Central and South America.

Origin and distribution

Region: Eurytides protesilaus is distributed in various countries in Central and South America. Although it is found in Peru, it can also be found in other countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, and down to Argentina.
Habitat: This butterfly prefers humid, tropical and subtropical forests, where it can be found at different altitudes.


Appearance: Eurytides protesilaus is characterized by its characteristic long tail extensions on the hind wings, which are typical of many swallowtail species. The basic color of the wings is predominantly white with black markings.
Size: The wingspan can vary between 70 and 100 millimeters, with males often being slightly smaller than females.

Life cycle

Egg laying: The females lay their eggs individually on the leaves of the host plants.
Caterpillars: The caterpillars of Eurytides protesilaus are green and have a body structure that protects them from predators.
Pupa: Pupation takes place on the plant. The pupa can have different colors depending on the ambient temperature and humidity.


Caterpillars: The caterpillars feed on a variety of plants, mainly from the Rutaceae family.
Adults: The adult butterflies collect nectar from flowers and may have a preference for certain species.

Protection status

Threat: Eurytides protesilaus is not considered endangered in many areas, but habitat loss and fragmentation may pose a threat in certain regions.
Conservation efforts: In some areas, efforts are underway to protect and restore the habitats of this butterfly to maintain its populations.

This information provides an overview of the origin, characteristics and life cycle of Eurytides protesilaus, a fascinating representative of the butterfly world in South America.

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