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Parnassius apollo


The Apollo butterfly is a beautiful white butterfly, decorated with large black "eye" spots on the forewings and red eye-spots on the hindwings.These striking red eye-spots can vary in size and form depending on the location of the Apollo butterfly, and the bright red colour often fades in the sun, causing the eye-spots of older individuals to appear more orange. The wings are shiny, with slightly transparent edges,and some individuals are darker (melanistic); a general phenomenon common in many butterflies. The caterpillars of this species are velvety black with orange-red spots along the sides.As well as being a great deal of individual variation in the appearance of the Apollo butterfly, a number of subspecies have also been described.


Spotted during the ascent of the Puy de Dome in France.

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Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 9 years ago

Beautiful and rare butterfly! Welcome to PN :)

Thanks for your encouragement!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Very nice spotting of a beautiful butterfly!

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Great spotting, wonderful images. Welcome to PN. Keep these brilliant spottings coming

bayucca 9 years ago

Still one from my dreams ;-)...

Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jul 16, 2014
Submitted on Nov 21, 2014

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