Broad-banded swallowtail

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Identification: This species is sexually dimorphic. Males are dark brown with a hook-shaped yellow band on the outer postdiscal and subapical regions of the forewings, and a yellow band on the postbasal and discal regions of the hindwings. The hindwings also have yellow submarginal lunules at the scalloped termen and a tail at the tornus. There are also two markings above the tornus, one blue and red. The submarginal lunules appear much larger on the underside and there are two additional rows of lunules on the inner side, one blue and one red. Additionally, the forewings have yellow submarginal markings on the underside. There are also yellow stripes radiating from the base of the forewings to the inner side of the broad yellow band. The body is dark brown at the head and thorax and yellow at the abdomen on the upperside, and completely yellow on the underside. Females are dark brown with yellow submarginal markings on the forewings and three rows of submarginal lunules on the hindwings, one yellow, one blue and one red (moving inward from submargin). One of the lunules near the tornus in the yellow row is red instead of yellow.




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Reported from: CEIBA Biological Centre (Region 4)