Not restricted to the old world despite its common name, this spectacular large butterfly has yellow wings with black vein markings, a pair of protruding tails on the hind wings and just below each tail a red eye spot. In decline and protected in my area. Spotted here 1900 m above sea level.
Present throughout the entire Palearctic region, ranging from Russia to China and Japan, and across into Alaska, Canada, and the United States.
I am still trying to ID the butterfly on the top rileft corner of the first and second shots; quite distinctive brown with a white fringe and pairs of orange spots. The other butterfly on the second shot is Aglais urticae. You wish your butterflies shots would include pretty flowers but these guys were working on a piece of decomposing organic matter.
Lat: 46.26, Long: 7.14
Spotted on Jun 15, 2011
Submitted on Jun 17, 2011
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