On holiday in Spain with my family, we were waiting for the taxi to go to the airport when this beautiful European Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio Machaon Gorganus) flew down beside us feeding on the flowers in the holiday resort. I had to compete with my daughter who was taking pictures on her phone, but I did manage a few nice pictures. I had just finished taking over 800 pictures of landscapes and family pictures so it was a lovely end to a wonderful holiday. Photographs were taken at Sanguli holiday resort, Salou, Spain. on the 12-09-09. Although this butterfly is a rare migrant to the south coast of the UK, our British race (Papilio Machaon Britannicus) is now restricted to the Norfolk Broads, England. Where they can be seen flying over wet fen vegetation. Caterpillars from are native race feed solely on Milk-parsley (Peucedanum Palustre) Butterflies feed on a variety of flowers.
A large strong-flying butterfly which I enjoyed watching flying in the wild so much that I bought some captive bred British Swallowtail butterflies from a butterfly farm. Andy Newman©