Clouded Apollo Butterfly Parnassius mnemosyne

Clouded Apollo Butterfly
Clouded Apollo Butterfly
The Clouded Apollo Butterfly is found throughout much of Eurasia from the Atlantic coast through to Central Asia. Distribution is patchy and local. They are not present in Britain.
Clouded Apollo Butterfly
Clouded Apollo Butterfly
Male and female are of similar appearance. The wings are papery and semi-transparent. Although they don't have tails, they are technically included in the "Swallowtail" family (Papilionidae). Their habitat is usually mountain valleys, at lower altitude than the (Mountain) Apollo and the Small Apollo (but in Central Asia, where these were, they can be higher).