Common-Swallowtail-7432, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

This is the Common Swallowtail as opposed to the slightly larger Scarce Swallowtail, and we take pride in seeing them fairly regularly in the Quinta’s gardens, as, contrary to their name, the Common is now a good deal scarcer than the Scarce. This is a very recently pupated individual as there’s been no damage at all to the wings, a common enough occurrence with all butterflies, be they scarce, rare or common …

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