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Variable Cattleheart
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Parides
Species: 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.


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.

Life cycle

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

Host plants

The Variable Cattleheart feeds on Aristolochia cordiflora.

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