Polydamas Swallowtail – It’s egg laying time!

Most butterflies lay single eggs either hidden underneath leaves or within a vine’s tendrils. But the Polydamas Swallowtail butterfly (Battus Polydamas) boldly lays her eggs in neat rows, often on tops of leaves. Look carefully and see the precision!

First one row is laid down..

Finally a golden collection is created!

Polydamas appear as large 3 to 4 inch darting butterfly shaped shadows. Their shape, color and size make them easy to spot in the garden, particularly if you happen to have Dutchman Pipevines. Black and yellow from the top with black and red on their under wings, they are a joy in any garden!

 

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