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Polydamas Swallowtail by Lisa G. Putman


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Battus Polydamas: Dorsal view (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Parnassians and Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

Subfamily: Swallowtails (Papilioninae)

Identification: Lacks tails. Black above with submarginal yellow band.

Life history: Female lays eggs in groups of 10-14 on exposed new stems or growing tips of vines. Caterpillars feed in groups when young. Overwinter as chrysalids.

Flight: Two-3 flights from April-November.

Wing span: 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 inches (9 – 12 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Pipevines (Aristolochia species).

Adult food: Nectar of lantana. Occasionally seen feeding on honeysuckle and soapweed flowers.

Habitat: Open woods, abandoned fields, disturbed areas.

Range: South Texas and peninsular Florida south to Argentina. Strays north to Kentucky and Missouri.

Conservation: None noted.

NatureServe Global Status: G5 – Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: Manage habitat for caterpillar host plant and nectar sources.


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  • AthenaBlanco
    AthenaBlancoabout 6 years ago


  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 6 years ago

    simply brilliant

  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    Great work Lisa

  • Eyeleen
    Eyeleenabout 6 years ago


  • Stephanie Hillson
    Stephanie Hillsonabout 6 years ago

    wow great macro!

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...about 6 years ago

    Excellent shot!! Perfect focus! and your comp..wow!! outstanding!

  • Squealia
    Squealiaabout 6 years ago


  • Jing3011
    Jing3011about 6 years ago

    Nicely done.

  • courier
    courierabout 6 years ago

    So vivid and bright. Great shot.

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