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___________________________________ ___________________________________Butterflies 54 Scarce Swallowtails

 

 

 

 

A close up of a flower

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SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides podalinus

 

A close up of a flower

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SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides podalinus

 

A close up of a flower

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SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides podalinus

 

A purple flower on a plant

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SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides podalinus

 

A close up of a flower

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SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides podalinus

 

A close up of a purple flower on a plant

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SCARCE SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY Iphiclides podalinus

 

         The Scarce Swallowtail Butterfly Iphiclides podalinus has been a victim of inappropriate nomenclature as the species is in fact common and widespread throughout much of continental Europe. The historically applied vernacular name is therefore very misleading! These southern French examples were seen feeding on Lavender Lavandula sp., highly scented and a rich source of nectar. These butterflies rarely remain in perfect condition for long and their tails are often missing.

 

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