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___________________________________ ________ ________________________Butterflies 53 Spanish Swallowtails

 

 

 

A insect on a flower

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SPANISH or SOUTHERN SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides feisthamelii

 

         The Spanish Swallowtail Butterfly Iphiclides feisthamelii is a very similar looking insect to the Scarce Swallowtail Butterfly I. podalinus. According to some references this insect was considered to be a subspecies of the latter until recently when full species status was conferred upon it. The two may be separated by subtle differences in ground colour (white in I. feisthamelii and pale yellow in summer brood I. podalinus) and geographical distribution (I. feisthamelii is to be found south of the Pyrenees). The rather tatty specimen shown in the photograph was one of very few insects that the photographer was able to find (in the grounds of a castle) during a short visit to Lisboa, Portugal. Presumably it had survived one or more encounter with a hungry bird! Swallowtail often get tatty quite quickly and their large wings are probably also very easily damaged by contact with thorny vegetation.

 

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