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Swallowtail butterfly

Costa del Sol, Andalucia, April 2010


I think this is Europe's largest butterfly and perhaps the most iconic.  There is only a slight difference between this and the British type of Papilio machaon.  Personally, I can't see it - something to do with the black being blacker?  The British sub-species is endemic although this subspecies, gorganus, is strongly migrational and reaches the UK quite regularly. The flower is Large Blue Alkanet.




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Coming into land (above)...then landed (below)...




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