Parides erithalion

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Variable Cattleheart
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P. erithalion
Binomial name
Parides erithalion
(Boisduval, 1836)

The Variable Cattleheart (Parides erithalion) is a species of butterfly. It belongs in the family Papilionidae. It is found in North America and South America.[1]

Description[change | change source]

The upper side of the wings is black. The hind wing (bottom wing) has a row of red spots. The underside of the wings is also black. The hind wing has a row of pink and whitish-colored spots.[1]

Life cycle[change | change source]

The eggs are a brownish color. The caterpillar is brownish-black. It has white and reddish-brown areas.

Host plants[change | change source]

The Variable Cattleheart feeds on Aristolochia cordiflora.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeffrey Glassberg (2007). A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Sunstreak Books Inc. ISBN 1424-30915-8

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