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Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus p. polydamas)



Collected: Arthur A. Brown July 16, 1943 at Kiest Park, Dallas, Texas

Currently in the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Dallas, Texas


Caterpillar HostplantsVarious Pipevine species, including our native Virginia Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia serpentaria), as well as the non-native Calico Flower (Aristolochia elegans) andWhite-Veined Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia fimbriata). Like the Pipevine Swallowtail, larvae have two forms -- dark and light, caused by exposure to the sun. Those feeding in the open sunlight are lighter in color while those in dappled light or shade are darker in appearance.
Area Sighting
Seasonal Flight DataMost likely Summer or Fall.
General NotesA rare stray to the Dallas area, this species most likely would not show up in the area until mid to late Summer or early Fall. Woodlands, fields and gardens.

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