Found in swamps throughout Florida the Palamedes Swallowtails are reported to roost communally in oaks and palmetto trees. A double set of orange and black eyespots marks the head of the bright green caterpillar. Just behind the head of all swallowtail caterpillars is a forked gland, called the osmeterium, which releases a bad smell in order to repel small predators.
Latin Name: Papilio Palamedes
Habitat:Oak Hammock, Swamp
Diet: Larva – red bay and sweet bay; Adults – nectar