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Phoebus Apollo - Alpen Apollo

Parnassius phoebus (=Parnassius sacerdos)

Description:

This beautiful Alpine species is a large white butterfly with distinctive red and black rings. It is similar only to the Apollo, Parnassius apollo, with the following differences: red marks on forewings near the apex, and boldly striped black and white antennae. The Asian-North American Parnassius phoebus appears not to be conspecific with this Alpine species. Please see notes regarding taxonomy.

Habitat:

Alpine meadow, alt. 1500 m. Flower is Carduus defloratus.

Notes:

Opinions on taxonomy seem to differ for this species, depending on distribution and nationality of authors. P. sacerdos is considered a subspecies or a separate species depending on the authors: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpenapollo... http://pieris.ch/seiten/main.php?page=ar... http://www.lepinet.fr/especes/nation/lep... http://insectnet.proboards.com/thread/14... http://www.lepiforum.de/bestimmung.pl?md...

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24 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Fyn! Yes, Parnassius is a beautiful genus :-)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting, Daniele! I love the Parnassius.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Noel!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Wonderful series!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Jemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

truly lovely!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Merci Frederic! Welcome again.

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Thank you for your comment Daniele, you have a great and furnished gallery!
Belles photos de Suisse et d'ailleurs!
Félicitations!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you J and LandmarkExpert!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

good shot daniele!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Spectacular, Daniele! What a gorgeous butterfly!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Rieko!

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Nice!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Debbie :-)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting Daniele! its so nice when you finally stumble across something you have been searching for :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Tamar, Dominik and Kathleen! That was my lucky day :-) I was thrilled. On previous outings I failed to see them, or they didn't cooperate with photography! I saw 3 specimen in total on that day. They other two were flying as a pair further down in the same habitat, but didn't land.

Gorgeous spotting and photos!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Lucky lady!!!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

Daniele, this is a truly beautiful Butterfly! Those red spots and black stripes are striking against the white coloration.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you ladies! I have spent hours walking/looking for these and came across this one by chance; it's not always like that :-)

Jopy
Jopy 8 years ago

wow, wonderful, one of most beautiful butterflies :)

injica
injica 8 years ago

Amazing :)

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Bex, Vaud, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 22, 2013
Submitted on Jul 29, 2013

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