Goldrim or Polydamas Swallowtail Butterfly;
Battus polydamus

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Gold Rim Swallowtail also called Polydamas Swallowtail
Battus polydamus
The Gold Rim Swallowtail's host or larval food plants are pipevines. The Gold Rim and the Pipevine Swallowtails are very particular about the species of Pipevine their caterpillars eat.
Feeding the wrong pipevine to a caterpillar can cause its death.
Calico Vine, Aristolochia elegans, is easy to grow and is a host plant for Gold Rim Swallowtail caterpillars.
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus)
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus)
Eggs of Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus)
The Gold Rim is the only 'tailless' swallowtail in the United States.
Beautiful from the side, a Gold Rim drinks nectar from Lantana.
Gold Rim eggs are green/yellow. (Pipevine eggs are burgundy.)
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) caterpillar larva
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) caterpillar larva
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) caterpillar larva
Hatchlings cluster as they
feed upon pipevine.
A microscope takes a look at hatchling Gold Rim caterpillars.
The osmeterium of Gold Rim
larvae are yellow.
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) caterpillar larva
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) burgundy caterpillar larva
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) burgundy caterpillar larva
Two Gold Rim caterpillars share the remains of the same leaf.
Gold Rim caterpillars eat the tender stems (vines) of their host plants.
Gold Rim Swallowtail caterpillars have a golden band above their head. Pipevine caterpillars do not.
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) green chrysalis pupa
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) brown chrysalis pupa
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) green chrysalis pupa
If it pupates near green leaves it usually becomes a green chrysalis.
If it pupates near something dead, in darkness, or near something brown, it will ususally become a brown chrysalis.
Gold Rim and Pipevine chrysalises resemble. The Gold Rim chrysalis has a band across its head.
Gold Rim or Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus polydamus) caterpillar is burgundy / brown. Their green - yellow - gold eggs are laid on pipevine plants. These butterflies are found in only a few of the United States.