Subject: What butterfly is this?
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
January 21, 2016 5:15 pm
I’ve taken this photo today on my garden. I’m from São Paulo, Brazil, and I’ve never seen this here.
Could someone please identify it?
Signature: David Lynch
We believe we have correctly identified your swallowtail as Heraclides (formerly Papilio) thoas which you can verify by comparing your individual to the image on Butterflies of America or on FlickR. As Wikipedia demonstrates, this lovely Swallowtail was commemorated on a Brazilian stamp in 1971. According to the Butterflies of America, the larval food plant is Piper auritum, commonly called hoja santa in Spanish speaking countries.