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(by Mario Maier), 3
(by Jan Weima),
5 + 6 (by Paolo Henrique Rodrigues)
One of the largest European butterflies. The fore-wing span of the female is sometimes more than 3.5 inch. The swallowtail exhibits an interesting form of courtship behavior, called hilltopping. It serves as a means to recognize the sexes. A similar species, which is rare in Northern Europe, is Iphiclides podalirius, the Scarce Swallowtail.
More information and photos see metamorphosis of the swallowtail.
Two, sometimes three broods, from April to September.
Larval host plants:
Mainly various species of umbelliferae.
Description: On the uppersides of the wings are black transverse lines on a pale yellow background, and two orange dots.
Red List Germany: n.a.
1998 - 2005 by Mario Maier
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