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Scarce Swallowtail

Iphiclides podalirius


It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Lower Lusatia and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, Pakistan and the Republic of India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce Swallowtail have been reported from central Sweden and the UK but they were probably only strays and not migrants. 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.

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Lavi 5 years ago

Thank you James....I share your opinion, this fact is quite amazing!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Lavi...I like your Swallowtail photos. I took some photos of a Western Tiger Swallowtail in the mountains outside Las Vegas, which is posted in my spottings. It looks very similar to yours...and we are continents away from each other.

Lavi 5 years ago

Thank you for the welcome LuisStevens :-)

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Beautiful series Lavi! Welcome to Project Noah.

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Spotted on Jul 4, 2014
Submitted on Sep 13, 2014

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