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Pipevine swallowtailThe pipevine, or gold rim swallowtail (Battus polydamas sp) surprisingly doesn't even have a swallowtail!  The second common name, gold rim swallowtail, is likely derived from the yellow scales that form a line near the edge of the dorsal side of each black wing. The pipevine swallowtail, a Florida native, earns its primary common name from its affinity for pipevine plants, such as the non-native ornamental dutchman's pipe, upon which it deposits groups of eggs.

On first inspection, the eggs resemble small orange dots on the vine, but through macro photography beautiful details on the surface of the eggs are revealed. Pipevine SwallowtailAfter they hatch, the caterpillars eat the shell of their eggs and begin to gather in small groups on the underside of the dutchman's pipe leaves.

The caterpillars cluster together, likely for protection, as they forage on the leaves of the vine and eventually disperse on the plant as they begin to mature and grow.

An egg-laden (female) pipevine swallowtail visiting our butterfly garden and depositing several groupings of eggs.

On first inspection, the eggs resemble small orange dots on the vine, but through macro photography beautiful details on the surface of the eggs are revealed.

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