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)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Belleair Bluffs, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Paradise Heights, Florida
Saint George, Florida
College Station, Texas
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|Neutral ||Magpye ||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.
Timer: 19.45 jiffies (0.19450902938843).