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A Trans - Andean Cattleheart (Parides iphidamas) (best viewed large)

By gconant  
* Also known as Iphidamas Cattlehearts.
Indigenous to Central and South America.
Their caterpillars feed on pipevine plants, using the plants acid as a deterrent to predators.
Considered an "arched wing" butterfly.
They are considered "frequent flutterers" as they tend to be in constant motion.
Their wingspans are 3.5 - 3.9".
The reddish pink marking on the hind wing reminds some people of a cattle's heart, which is where their name comes from.
Being Brush Footed butterflies, they use their front pair of legs for tasting food and their 2 pairs of rear legs for propulsion.

Glenn

Tags: Butterflies Wildlife and nature Lepidoptery Trans Andean Cattlehearts Parides iphidamas Iphidamas Cattlehearts

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taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
5 Oct 2022 5:51PM
A most wonderful image showing all parts to perfection!
peterkin 19 685 England
5 Oct 2022 7:25PM
A wonderful shot, Glenn.

Peter
5 Oct 2022 7:27PM
Such a beautiful butterfly and excellent close up, Glenn.

RichardSmile
5 Oct 2022 10:54PM
Great image. Well captured.
Nikonuser1 Plus
10 173 16 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2022 12:08PM
A great capture GlennSmileSmile

Cliff
manicam 18 44 1 Canada
6 Oct 2022 1:55PM
Wow wonderful shot Glen !!

Many thanks for your award yesterday. GrinGrinGrin

Sherman
Fefe Plus
11 81 48 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2022 3:57PM
Lovely image Glenn!

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