Catonephele mexicana

Mexican Shoemaker

Basic Information

General information

Family: Nymphalidae
Sub Family: Biblidinae
Estimated Lifespan 14 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 13
Total Number of Pupae Received: 531
First Flown On: 08/03/04
Last Flown On: 07/22/21

Species Range:

  • NorthAmerica
  • SouthAmerica
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Asia

Host plants:

  • Alchornea latifolia
  • Veconcibea pleistemona
  • Dalechampia triphylla
  • scandens

Food Source

The adults of this species feed on rotten fruit and the males can be observed puddling.


The Mexican Shoemaker can be found in wet forested habitats.

Life history

Eggs are laid singly on the leaves of the hostplants.


This butterfly can be found in flight year round.

Fun Facts

All of the butterflies in the Catonephele genera are sexually dimorphic.