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Scarce Swallowtail

Scarce swallowtail butterfly on lavender

There are lots of these slow-flying, graceful butterflies around at the moment. They particularly like visiting lavender and buddleia.

The caterpillars eat hawthorn leaves, apparently, unlike those of the other swallowtail butterfly which feed on fennel.

‘Scarce’ is a part of the name, although it seems they are generally quite rare.

I’ve taken loads of photos but I particularly like this one because of the symmetry of the actual swallow tail around the lavender stem – like a hairslide or something!

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