Tigridia acesta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Tiger Beauty

Papilio acesta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Natural History:

Tigridia is a monotypic genus and 10 subspecies are described from the Neotropics (Lamas, 2004). This species is common throughout the year. Can be collected in the forest canopy, but is prevalent in moist and shaded understory, where is observed in the trunk rested upside down.

Bolivia; Brasil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; México; Perú; Venezuela
Occurence Period:

Occurs throughout the year

Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on fermented fruits and animal excreta

Feeding Caterpillars:

For this species the host-plant compiled by Beccaloni et al. 2008:

Cecropiaceae: Cecropia obtusifolia, Coussapoa nymphaeifolia, Pourouma bicolor, Pourouma sp.

Moraceae: Ficus sp.

Sterculiaceae: Theobroma cacao, Theobroma sp.


cream, brown, orange, yellow
Lamas G. (2004):
Atlas of neotropical Lepidoptera - Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. Book.: 1-439
Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
tigridia acesta jb

Rested on the outside of the trap

Jardim Botânico Adolpho Ducke, Manaus, Amazonas

Photo: Juscelino Marques Filho


Hunted by ants,  inside the trap

Photo: Daniela Brito Agra

tigridia acesta dorsal

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas