Cattleheart female Parides arcas

The female Cattleheart nectaring. The females lack the lustrous green patch of the males and instead has a pale yellow patch on the forewing. Note the bent back antennae tips typical of many swallowtails.

Name: Cattleheart

Latin: Parides arcas

Family: Papilionidae

Origin: Central America

Food plant: Birthwort

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