Polydamas Swallowtail Butterflies don't have tails like most of the
do. They are large dark butterflies with accents
of yellow and red. This one is on
Their host plant
, or the plant the butterflies lay eggs on, is
There are numerous species or varieties of Pipevine, or Aristolochia. The
together in a group while they grow up; they look like a flock of
Polydamas Swallowtail Eggs are small yellow balls. I find them in
clusters, generally on the new growth where the vine is the most tender.
It's hard to find their chrysalides unless you raise them in containers.
The Polydamas chrysalis looks like a green leaf that's folded up. I don't like to raise these
because they stink (I
think because the vine smells bad when they chew it up). I enjoy the
Polydamas Butterflies though, so I keep some
growing in my yard for
them to lay eggs on.
The Polydamas caterpillars are a dark brownish black with orange spines. The
spines are soft protrusions, not spiny at all. This caterpillar has its
osmeterium sticking out because I poked it before I took the picture.
The osmeterium is that forked yellow protrusion sticking out of the
front of the caterpillar. It makes them smell worse.