|Copyright: iovescu andrei (andrei99)
|Date Taken: 2009-04-28|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-05-14 23:01|
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|From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|
The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands. It is found in places with sloe thickets and particularly orchards. It is also called Sail Swallowtail or Pear-tree Swallowtail.
It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce Swallowtail have been reported from central Sweden and the UK but they were probably only strays and not migrants. The scarcity of UK migrants is responsible for the English common name. In the Alps it can be found up to altitudes of 1600 m.
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