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Scarce Swallowtail

Iphiclides podalirius

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. 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.

Notes:

perched on a lavender plant (Lavandula)

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Scarce Swallowtail
Iphiclides podalirius Scarce Swallowtail


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7 Comments

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

nice shot!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Si, si!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Pasta and Butterflies perfectly fit ;-). E ancore un po di vino rosso...

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Oh, yes - plenty of pasta and pizza! :-)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

I hope you had also the time to enjoy some delicious pasta!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 8 years ago

Thanks, bayucca! I was using the List of Butterflies in Italy on the Wikipedia and the Scarce Swallowtail is not listed - and it obviously should be. I was lucky enough to be on holiday at the time of the spotting and had all the time in the world to watch her flutter around the garden. :-)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Yes, it is Old World, it is Swallowtail and it is called "il Macaone" in Italy. But it is the famous Scarce Swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius, a wonderful butterfly! Excellent spotting. I know how nervous these guys are...
The classic Swallowtail or Old World Swallowtail looks like this:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/832...

Bernadette S
Spotted by
Bernadette S

UMB, Italy

Spotted on Jul 3, 2011
Submitted on Feb 5, 2012

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