Parides sesostris

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Emerald-patched cattleheart
Parides sesostris MHNT dos.jpg
Muséum de Toulouse
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Underside - Muséum de Toulouse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Tribe: Troidini
Genus: Parides
Species: P. sesostris
Binomial name
Parides sesostris
(Cramer, 1779)
  • Papilio sesostris Cramer, 1779
  • Papilio tullus Cramer, 1780
  • Papilio lycomes Gray [1853]
  • Papilio sesostrellana Kotzsch, 1934
  • Papilio sesostris ab. pseudozestos (R. Krüger, 1934)

Parides sesostris, the emerald-patched cattleheart or southern cattleheart, is a species of butterfly in the family Papilionidae.[1][2]



Parides sesostris has a wingspan reaching 100–110 millimetres (3.9–4.3 in). The head, the thorax and the abdomen are black. The basic color of the upperside of the forewings is black, with large green areas on the basal portion of the forewings. The underside of the forewings is dark brown. The underside of the hindwings is dark brown, with a chain of red spots on the outer edge. The hindwings are scalloped but they have no tails. The larvae feed on Aristolochia barbata, A. bicolor, A. grandiflora, A. sprucei, and A. trianae.[3] It is not threatened.[2]


This species is native to the Americas. It is widespread from Mexico until Brazil and Peru.


  1. ^ a b Warren, A. D.; et al. (2010). "Parides sesostris". Butterflies of America. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Collins, N. Mark; Collins, Michael G. (1985). Threatened Swallowtails of the World: The IUCN Red Data Book. IUCN Protected Area Programme Series. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, U.K.: IUCN. p. 69. ISBN 978-2-88032-603-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Savela, Markku. "Parides sesostris". Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Lewis, H. L., 1974 Butterflies of the World ISBN 0-245-52097-X Page 26, figure 23, female

Further reading[edit]

  • Lamas, Gerardo (2004). Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part4A Hesperioidea–Papilionoidea. Gainesville, Florida: Scientific Publishers, Inc. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-945417-28-4. 

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