Species of the Month - Swallowtail butterfly


Have you seen a Swallowtail butterfly this month?

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Our species of the month for June is the
Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon)!

The British race of this strikingly beautiful butterfly is only found in the Norfolk Broads. Its distribution is restricted by that of its sole larval food plant, milk parsley.

With distinctive colouration and 'tails' on the hindwings, the swallowtail butterfly is unmistakeable, and searching for it is a great way to get excited about spotting wildlife!

Please record sightings (with a photo if possible) of Swallowtail butterfly using our online recording form below:


The easiest way to send us information about the species you have seen is via our online form:



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