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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

Also known as the Iphidamas Cattleheart. 

   Experts call the arched-wing cattleheart (Parides iphidamas) species a “frequent flutterer” as they create a lot of movement.

   Cattlehearts are members of the Papilionidae (Swallowtail) family, although they do not have tails.

   As caterpillars, they feed on pipevine, using the plant's acid for defense. 

   Adults drink nectar, as do most butterflies. 
   The pinkish mark on the hind wings reminds some of a cow’s heart, hence the name Cattleheart.

Trans-andean Cattleheart caterpillar
Avg. Wingspan: 90 - 100 mm / 3.5 - 3.9 "
Diet: caterpillars feed on pipevine, using the acid in the plant for defense.
Diet: adults drink nectar

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera

The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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