May Feast 3 – Scarce Swallowtail

Iphiclides podalirius on bearded Iris

I think this Iphiclides podalirius was drying itself after hatching.  The colours were so bright and fresh.  I don’t know why there’s called scarce as there are always more of these than actual swallowtails!

9 thoughts on “May Feast 3 – Scarce Swallowtail

  1. I don’t have much butterflies yet, but I see quite often this zebra butterfly even in my garden. We grow similar plants in our gardens do you think we may attract this particular one? Maybe she lays on grass?

    • Butterflies have been one of the things I’ve been surprised about here; there are lots more different kinds than I ever saw in England and gardeners here don’t plant for wildlife so they must have enough wild plants to feed and pupate. Christina

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