Wild Florida Photo - Battus polydamas

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Battus polydamas

  var.  lucayus




Florida native


Gold rim swallowtails can be found throughout Florida. The range extends through South and Central America and the Caribbean.
A large blackish butterfly with no tail. The upper side of the wings have a greenish-yellow band. The underside of the hindwing is brown and scalloped with a yellow patch and brick-red spots.
Host plants include herbs and vines of the Birthwort family.
If disturbed, the caterpillars display a stinky osmeterium, which is shown partly extended in one of the photos here.

Battus polydamas is a member of the Papilionidae - Swallowtails family.

Other species of the Battus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Battus philenor - PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL

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 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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For more information on this species, visit the following link:
UF Entemology Dept. Featured Creatures page for this species

Date record last modified:
Mar 07, 2017

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