Mechanitis polymnia

Sweet Oil or Orange-spotted Tiger Clearwing

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: Ithomiinae
Estimated Lifespan 16 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 0
Total Number of Pupae Received: 1980
First Flown On: 10/21/02
Last Flown On: 01/16/24

Species Range:

  • “SouthAmerica”

Host plants:

  • Solanum

Food Source

The Sweet Oil butterfly adult nectars from a variety of flowers.


This butterfly can be found in disturbed forests as well as nearby roadsides and farmland.

Life history

The female lays eggs in large clusters on the bottom-side of the hostplant leaves. The caterpillars feed gregariously.


This butterfly can be found in flight year-round.