Butterfly - Swallow Tail (European)

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Taken at Sorrento on 18th September 2009 with Nikon D40X
with Nikon 300 mm zoom lens.
British
Swallow Tail
 

Butterfly - Swallow Tail. Sub species Gorganus
Scientific Name:
Order:
Family:
Papilio machaon.ssp.garganus
Lepidoptera.
Papilionidae.
Larval Food:

Adult Food:
Wingspan:

Habitat:
Flies/Found:
Feature:
Fennel, hemlock, lovage, cow parsley, parsley, parsnip
cow parsnip, sea holly, giant hogweed.
Pollen and nectar.
Male:    76 - 83 mm.
Female:86 - 93 mm.
Meadows and hillsides
Late May - Early July.
Usually 1 generation but a small
2nd generation can occur.
Butterfly - Swallow Tail. Sub species Britannicus

Male
Taken at Hickling Broad on 27th June 2016 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens.

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European Swallowtail
Female  
Butterfly - Swallow Tail. Sub species Britannicus
Scientific Name:
Order:
Family:
Papilio machaon.ssp. Britannicus
Lepidoptera.
Papilionidae.
Larval Food:
Adult Food:

Wingspan:

Habitat:
Flies/Found:
Feature:
Solely on Milk Parsley.
Bluebell, Devil's-bit Scabious, Ragged Robin,
Red Clover, Teasel and Thistles.
Male:    76 - 83 mm.
Female:86 - 93 mm.
Open fens where the larval foodplant, Milk-parsley, is found.
Late May - Early July.
Largest and rarest butterfly found in Britain.
Now confined to the Norfolk Broads.