Big Butterfly

I just spotted the biggest butterfly that has ever visited my garden!

And I took a picture of it image

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Does anybody know it's name?

And is it rare? Haven't seen this kind before in my yard.

 

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,878

    A Swallowtail. How beautiful. I've never seen one in the flesh.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,025

    I think that's a swallowtail. How exciting. I've never seen one of those

  • Lovely,    

    there is a feature in the August Gardeners World magazine on this butterfly.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,878

    So you live in the fens of Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridge? My book says that is where they usually live.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,025

    I sort of assumed Belgiumimage

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,156

    I'm in central Belgium, 30 miles south of Brussels.   One of these turned up in my garden about 8 to 10 years ago and laid eggs on my fennel.  The caterpillars were amazing too and only eat the foliage which I thought was very civilised.

    Never saw what happened after that and haven't had any adults since.   Gorgeous butterflies.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,878

    Oh Nut, why didn't I think of that?image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Am I right in saying that the Swallowtail is the largest butterfly found in the UK (except that this one wasn't...)

    (and goeden dag, by the way image )

  • miramira Posts: 5

    Hi girlfrombelgium. Yesterday I also spotted one of these beauties in my garden. Im living near antwerpen and it was the first time ever I saw one. Great photo btwimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,025

    It's cos I'm really clever pansyfaceimage

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