Anartia amathea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Red Peacock

Papilio amathea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Natural History:

Five species of Anartia are described in the Neotropical region (Lamas, 2004). Anartia amathea, occurs in varied environments throughout Brazil and neighboring countries. This is one of the most common and always very distinguished despite shows strong red color.

Their habitat includes wetlands humid, and in these environments  is where will find plants for the caterpillars. Their eggs are laid on the leaves of plants in the family Acanthaceae, some species of semi-aquatic plants. Their caterpillars are black and with thorns (Otero & Marigo, 1990).

Argentina; Bolivia; Brasil; Cuba; Paraguay; Uruguay
Feeding Adult:

The adults feed on nectar.

Feeding Caterpillars:

The caterpillars feed on plants of species Acanthaceae

black, red, white
forest edge, open, urban
Otero L.S., Marigo L.C. (1990):
Borboletas beleza e comportamento de espécies brasileiras. Book., Marigo Comunicacao Visual: 1-127
Lamas G. (2004):
Atlas of neotropical Lepidoptera - Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. Book.: 1-439
anartia amathea_bosque

Bosque da Ciência, INPA, Manaus, Amazonas

Photo: Kelve Franklymara Sousa Cezar

anartia amathea_macedo

Rest in the leaf

Photo: Ingrid Macedo