A Scarce Swallowtail
In contrary to what the name suggests the scarce swallowtail butterfly is not scarce. In fact there are certain flowers that seem to attract nothing but scarce swallowtail butterflies. I came across this butterfly whilst walking the dog the other day and I must have looked like a right plonker as I stalked it up the road.
Luckily we were off the beaten track, so there was no one around to witness me walking as if I’d recently been studying The Ministry Of Funny Walks!
I’ve been trying to capture a butterfly for a while now and they either don’t stay still long enough or if they do land, they land with their wings folded (which I’m sure is a deliberate act of defiance!). These photos of a scarce swallowtail aren’t the best, but they are the best I’ve taken and I quite like them… They’ll have to do until I can manage to take some better ones!
My Scarce Swallowtail Photographs
I was hoping that the butterfly would settle with it’s wings nicely open, but it didn’t.
This was about as settled as it was going to get, you can still get an idea of the markings on the wings.
Some swallowtails have lovely long ‘tails’ coming off their wings. Maybe the name scarce butterfly comes from the fact it scarcely has a tail?… Must look that up!
What butterflies do you see where you are?
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