Love is in the air at the National Museum of Natural History! Our scientists are helping species look for love in this series of “dating profiles” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Will #NMNHcupid help them find their one and only?
Screen name: RoseWithAThorn
Species: Pachliopta aristolochiae
Age: 2-4 weeks
Location: South East Asia
Height: 2 inches (from toe to wingtip)
Body Type: pear-shaped
I'm looking for
A quick fling. When you’ve got a lifespan of a few weeks, you have to live them to the fullest.
When I was younger I ate a lot of poisonous pipevine leaves, but now that I’m an adult I’m into all-natural nectar.
The most private thing I'm willing to share
Even though I ate it in my larval stage, all those pipevine toxins stayed in my body and made me poisonous to eat…
Image and text by Anne Jones, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Zoo, National Museum of Natural History