30 Jul 2013

Swallowtail butterfly






During our time in Italy one of the delights was to see butterflies in our garden and this zebra swallowtail butterfly was one that became a familiar sight.  It seemed to sail around in the air and was particularly attracted to the jasmine as well as the wild flowers in the meadow. It returned time and time again to the sweet-smelling flowers.





Swallowtail butterflies are much rarer in the UK and so I was pleased to have seen this particular variety feeding on the nectar from the Summer flowers in the Italian garden.



13 comments:

  1. It's a gorgeous butterfly!

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  2. so beautiful, i have not seen a zebra swallowtail here, we have 3 different types of swallowtails that visit our flowers, but none like this one... no stripes like this.

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  3. Gorgeous butterflies, Linda... We don't have many (of any kind) of butterflies here. Don't know why--but I seldom see any. I have a huge Jasmine also---which they would love. Oh Well.. We do have plenty of big ole honey bees though...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. Hi Linda,

    Loved seeing the beautiful photos of the butterfly and your pretty garden.
    Always great to see your wonderful garden - the July photos are gorgeous

    Happy rest of the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  5. What a beauty. The butterflies are in short supply here this year.

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  6. What a beautiful butterfly and how lovely to have seen it flitting around your Italian garden. There doesn't seem to have been many butterflies around here so far this year but having said that on our walk yesterday we saw quite a few and ladybirds too and I haven't seen many of those for a year or two:)

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  7. This is bringing back memories of my recent holiday to Provence in France where we loved seeing the swallowtails! I am really interested in your blog - you moved from the south to the north! I live in West Yorkshire but often think of moving to cornwall. I do love Yorkshire though, it is beautiful and there's still a lot of places for me to explore. I'm originally from the lake district so am born and bred northern but do feel I am missing out on some nice southern weather at times!! I shall be reading with interest ... :)

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  8. I remember swallowtails when I was a child, but I have not seen one for years - I think that there are just a few remaining colonies of them in Norfolk. Such a beautiful butterfly.

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  9. Oh WOW! I simply can't stop looking at it, what an absolutely beautiful butterfly, I AM jealous!xxxx

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  10. How amazing your photographs are. The Butterfly too of course. Just beautiful. x

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  11. What a beautiful butterfly! You captured some great shots. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I don't think I have ever seen a swallowtail butterfly in my part of the US. It is quite beautiful!

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