Attributes of Battus polydamas

Polydamas Swallowtail
Battus polydamas (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Identification: Lacks tails. Black above with submarginal yellow band.
Wing Span: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 inches (9 - 12 cm).
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.
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.
NCGR: 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.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
February 12, 2014 Doug Taron Jalisco, Mexico February 21, 2014 Details
January 11, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 13, 2014 Details
December 23, 2013 therman1105 Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 23, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 aaronm Brevard County, Florida, United States December 04, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 jacobsjd Orange County, Florida, United States December 04, 2013 Details
September 23, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States September 30, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 michaeloberg Orange County, Florida, United States August 18, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 ridgeboy Polk County, Florida, United States July 31, 2013 Details
June 27, 2013 Mardiles Florida, United States July 07, 2013 Details
May 29, 2013 John van Dort Comayagua, Honduras June 01, 2013 Details
April 30, 2013 Sandy White Lee County, Florida, United States May 09, 2013 Details
May 02, 2013 bkacker Broward County, Florida, United States May 07, 2013 Details
September 02, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 16, 2013 Details
September 23, 2012 geneva Harris County, Texas, United States April 02, 2013 Details
September 22, 2012 geneva Harris County, Texas, United States December 26, 2012 Details
August 06, 2007 legacy.reporter (Karen LeMay) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 18, 2007 legacy.reporter (Karen LeMay) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 08, 2007 legacy.reporter (Bob Steward & Bob Spofford) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 20, 1996 legacy.reporter (H. Brodkin & R. Bailowitz) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 03, 2012 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States October 03, 2012 Details
September 26, 2008 Lawrence E Gilbert Texas, Travis County, United States August 29, 2012 Details
June 01, 2012 geneva Harris County, Texas, United States August 22, 2012 Details
June 21, 2012 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States August 04, 2012 Details
July 19, 2012 jkbckayaker Polk County, Florida, United States August 04, 2012 Details
July 25, 2012 jkbckayaker Polk County, Florida, United States July 27, 2012 Details
July 06, 2012 lilian Volusia County, Florida, United States July 06, 2012 Details
May 19, 2012 jomarlin Palm Beach County, Florida, United States May 23, 2012 Details
August 20, 2010 JillS Hillsborough County, Florida, United States January 16, 2012 Details
October 14, 2011 Real_Images Hillsborough County, Florida, United States October 27, 2011 Details
November 05, 2010 sammykeyes9 Martin County, Florida, United States September 11, 2011 Details
August 23, 2011 ADubin Okeechobee County, Florida, United States September 11, 2011 Details
September 07, 2011 choryoko Florida, United States September 11, 2011 Details
March 28, 2011 dmtaggart Puntarenas, Costa Rica May 25, 2011 Details
April 22, 2011 Oakland Park House Broward County, Florida, United States May 17, 2011 Details
March 05, 2008 dondubois Texas, Montgomery County, United States January 19, 2011 Details
August 05, 2009 legacy.reporter (Waddy Thompson) Hendry County, Florida, United States October 13, 2009 Details
August 20, 1996 legacy.reporter (Bailowitz & Brodkin) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 07, 2008 Details
August 08, 2007 legacy.reporter (Bob Stewart and Bob Spofford) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 07, 2008 Details
October 14, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
August 29, 2007 legacy.reporter (Melody Lytle) Texas, Travis County, United States September 11, 2007 Details
August 06, 2007 legacy.reporter (Robert Behrstock) Cochise County, Arizona, United States September 11, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Boone County, Missouri, United States February 21, 2007 Details
October 15, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Garland County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter St Francis County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details