Arched-wing Cattleheart

Arched-wing Cattleheart

Animal's Behavior

Butterfly experts call this species a “frequent flutterer” as they create a lot of movement in butterfly exhibits.

Eating Habits

As caterpillars, they feed on pipevine, using the plant’s acid for defense. Adults drink nectar.


Mexico to South America

Animal Facts

  • It’s always Valentine’s Day for Arched-wing Cattleheart butterflies. The pinkish mark on the hind wings reminds some of a cow’s heart.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Parides arcas


Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Lepidoptera, Papilionidae

Place of Birth

Tropical forests


3 inches


Black with heart-shaped pink patches on hind wings. May have additional whitish or green markings on forewings.


2 weeks