|Photo: ©Linda S. Jacobson|
By: Linda S. Jacobson
Probably one of the most beautiful butterflies I’ve seen around, and that I’ve been stalking for awhile, out in my half acre, is the Polydamas or Golden Rim. It’s a stunning black with wings accented in bright yellow. The body is also highlighted in red. They enjoy dining on red Fire Bush (see photos,) both the native and hybridized varieties as well as colorful Lantana plants.
These are big butterflies and you will first notice their size and stark flat blackness against your foliage right away. They move pretty fast and it can be difficult to get a photo with the wings flat open as they are constantly in motion. Polydamas are actually considered a Swallowtail even though they lack the tails. Their wingspread is a generous 3-4” making them hard to miss, their range is all of Florida.
If you would like to attract butterflies to your yard, plant lantana, red firebush and red shrimp plants - Hummingbirds like those too, as well as blue butterfly bush and lots of red flowers. See my prior posts for making a container butterfly garden if you’re tight on space.
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