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Scarce Swallowtail

(Iphiclides podalirius)

 

17/05/05 Rhône (69)

11/04/10 Rhône (69)

30/06/03 Rhône (69)

27/05/06 Rhône (69)

13/06/04 Rhône (69)

08/07/06 Rhône (69)

Caterpillar on Prunus spinosa 22/09/07 Rhône (69)

 

Its long tails, whiter appearance and ‘tiger’ stripes distinguish it well from P.machaon. It flies higher than the Swallowtail with longer, lazier glides. Buddleia is a favourite nectar plant in gardens. Smaller than average adults are not uncommon. The tails often fall victim to attack from predators. I'm not sure what the explanation is, but the photos in profile clearly show an extraordinary variation in the colouration of the abdomen (stripey or plain.)

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