Cattleheart male Parides arcas thumbnail

A relative of the giant birdwings. The Cattlehearts are the South American members of the birdwing swallowtail group. Most of them have the smaller patches of the trademark metallic greens as well as reds on the body.

Name: Cattleheart

Latin: Parides arcas

Family: Papilionidae

Origin: Central America

Food plant: Birthwort

Cattleheart butterfly female Parides arcas