Zerynthia polyxena (DENIS & SCHIFFERMÜLLER, 1775)

Southern Festoon

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Photo © by Mario Maier. Zerynthia polyxena, May 1992, Marchegg / Austria

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pointer.gif (1285 Byte) Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Parnassiinae
plate polyxena

The Southern Festoon is from Southern Europe and is relatively small, but conspicuously colored with a red warning color to deter predators. There is also a very similar species, the Spanish Festoon which has more red spots on its wings.

Flight period:
One brood from March to May.

Larval host plants:
Aristolochia species.

Red List Germany: n.a.

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