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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. It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts.
This species occurs in warm and usually dry habitats where blackthorn grows in profusion. It is found from sea level to at least 2400m but is most often encountered below 1500m.
Photos taken @ Skradin Rest Stop, river Krka, close to Krka National Park, Croatia.