Butterfly: Swallowtail - Papilio Machaon

Swallowtail – Papilio Machaon

A swallowtail (Papilio Machaon) on the meadow in front of our house. At first I noticed the butterfly because of its size. On the summer lilac (butterfly bush), the swallowtail stood out among the other butterflies already because of its size. The swallowtail can have a wingspan of 50 to 75 millimeters – this one had an estimated 60 millimeter wingspan.

The butterfly then flew away from the butterfly bush at first without me being able to take a reasonable photo – but then landed a little further on the dry meadow – so I could take a photo quite relaxed.

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