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Scarce Swallowtail

Iphiclides podalirius

Description:

The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a Palearctic swallowtail butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands. First described by Linnaeus in 1758, it is found in places with sloe thickets and particularly orchards. It is also called Sail Swallowtail or Pear-tree Swallowtail. The Southern Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthamelii), is sometimes treated as a subspecies. Despite the name ('scarce'), this swallowtail is quite common.

Habitat:

It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China. The scarcity of UK migrants is responsible for the English common name. In the Alps it can be found up to altitudes of 1600 m.

1 Species ID Suggestions

tmvdh
tmvdh 8 years ago
Scarce Swallowtail
Iphiclides podalirius


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3 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

thanks tmvdh for the ID

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

thanks Mayra...

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Beautiful!

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Languedoc-Roussillon, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Jul 21, 2012

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