Battus crassus (Cramer, 1777)

Common Name:
Crassus Swallowtail

Papilio crassus Cramer, [1777]

Natural History:

This species can be observed sucking minerals in river banks.

Brasil; Perú; Suriname; Venezuela
Feeding Adult:

Minerals, nectar

Feeding Caterpillars:

Caterpillar of Battus crassus feeding on some species of Aristolochia.

Are recorded in Brazil: Aristolochia brasiliensis, Aristolochia cymbifera, Aristolochia didyma, Aristolochia esperanzae, Aristolochia gigantea, Aristolochia huberiana, Aristolochia littoralis, Aristolochia macroura (Beccaloni et al. 2008).

black, red
river bank, rainforest undisturbed
Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
Battus crassus on ground

Specimen sucking minerals on the ground, Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Amanã, Amazonas

Photo: Pedro Nassar

battus crassus_dorsal

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas