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Eurytides iphitas Hübner, [1821]

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Eurytides iphitas Hübner, 1821: pl. [92].
Type locality: None given.
Type: None designated.

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Papilio dolicaon Godart, 1819 nec Cramer [1775]. Misidentification.

Yellow Kite


plate [92]    
Picture from: Hübner [1821]
Detailed view
Picture from: Seitz 1924
Detailed view

Description of adults: ". Similar to P. dolicaon; ground-colour creamy buff; distal border of forewing narrower behind, both above and below, than in P. dolicaon, veins M1—SM2 heavier black distally; yellow discal spot R1—R2 longer than the others. Hindwing more rounded than in dolicaon; black discal band marked on upperside between SC2 and R1, usually entering cell; extreme tip of tail yellow. Black discal band of forewing below shifted to margin between M1 and SM2. Nearly all the veins of hindwing black; discal band crossing cell distally of M2, spot of ground-colour in apex of cell smaller than the spot situated at base of cellule SC2—R1; one row of pale blue spots." (Rothschild & Jordan 1906).


The species is restricted to Brazil (Häuser et al. 2005).

Stages in development:

The early stages are probably still unknow.


Neuration. "SC1 of forewing confluent with C; SC2 free." (Rothschild & Jordan 1906).

Genitalia: "No ventral process on valve; proximal ventral angle of harpe not produced; central ridge without teeth at proximal edge, a long tooth near ventral angle corresponding to the transverse row of teeth of P. dolicaon, tip of ridge pointed, no teeth near it." (Rothschild & Jordan 1906).


From most most other species of Eurytides, the species is easily distinguished externally by the absence of a red spot in the anal angle of the hindwing upperside. From Eurytides dolicaon Cramer, [1775], which also misses this red spot, E. iphitas can be separated by the big light spots in the apical area of the forewing upperside, separated by dark veins.

Worth knowing:


Häuser, C. L., J. Holstein & A. Steiner 2005. The Global Butterfly Information System. http://www.globis.insects-online.de. Last updated 14.04.2011 [online 29 August 2012].
Hübner, J. 1806-[1838]. Continued by C. Geyer. Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge, 2 vol., 225 pl.
Rothschild, W. & K. Jordan 1906. A Revision of the American Papilios. Novitates Zoologicae XIII: 411-752, pl. IV-IX.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2012.09.30
Kurz Michael: 2012.10.18
not reviewed