Battus polydamas var. lucayus
Gold Rim Swallowtail
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:
Battus philenor - PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL
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