Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius)

Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 23rd 2018.
(1/1000th sec at f10. Approx 1.5x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Taken at Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, on July 22nd 2015.
(1/1000th sec at f14. Approx 1.5x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Egg. Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 23rd 2018.
(1/400th sec at f10. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 78 - 92mm

This butterfly has unmistakable black 'tiger stripes' on its wings, and long tails on its hindwings. The sexes are similar.

Widespread and locally common throughout central and southern Europe, but not present in Iberia, Sardinia or Cyprus. It is protected by law in several European countries.

Its habitats are field margins, parks and gardens, scrub, orchards and scattered light woodland up to 1500m.

There are two generations per year, May/June and July/September. The larva is the over-wintering stage.

Larvae feed on various rosaceous woody plants, eg Crategus, Prunus spinosa and cultivated Prunus species in orchards.

The Scarce Swallowtail is a wanderer, and is occasionally recorded in northern Europe and the British Isles.


25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
23-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
21-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
09-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
08-Jun-2017 : Paklenica National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Gracac, Croatia
23-Jul-2015 : Papaz Tchair, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : nr Petrovo, Bulgaria