Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Papilionidae (pap-ill-lee-ON-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Battus (BAT-tus) (Info)
Species: polydamas

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Apopka, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Indialantic, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lutz, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
College Station, Texas
Edinburg, Texas
Houston, Texas
Rosenberg, Texas
Spring, Texas
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On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

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.