Mexican Shoemaker (Catonephele mexicana)


 
Living image of a male Mexican Shoemaker
Living image of a female Mexican Shoemaker
Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies)
 
Geographic Distribution: North, Central and South America. From Mexico to South America.
 
Wingspan: 70-75mm.
 
Larval host plants: Dalechampia scandens (Euphorbiaceae).
 
Habitats: Tropical forest.
 
Identification: Males and females are dissimilar. On both the forewing and hindwing topside, males have brilliant orange bands on a black velvety background, while females have cream colored lines and spots on a black background.
 


Small image of a male Mexican Shoemaker, dorsal view
Mexican Shoemaker (male),
Dorsal View
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Small image of a male Mexican Shoemaker specimen, ventral view
Mexican Shoemaker (male),
Ventral View
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