Polydamas Swallowtail (LEP15) Battus polydamas


     Also called the Gold Rim because its black-velvet wings are neatly margined with yellow spots above.  The underside shows red spots on wings and body.  These are thought to warn birds away because the Polydamas acquires the bad taste of pipevines, its caterpillars= host plants.  Shown here feeding on lantana nectar.