Apollo - Parnassius apollo

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Apollo - Parnassius apollo

Female, Switzerland, September 2013

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

Male, Switzerland, August 2013

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

Switzerland, June 2009

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

Switzerland, July 2009

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

July 2005, Val d'Aran

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

July 2005, Val d'Aran

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

July 2006, Switzerland

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

June 2006, Switzerland

Apollo - Parnassius apollo

May 2003, Switzerland

The Apollo butterfly is found in all the high mountains of Europe - the photographs here are from Switzerland and the Pyrenees. Like the swallowtail it is a clumsy-looking flyer, resembling a very large, floppy, white butterfly in flight. It stops often, but is wary and its next stop may be a long way away.