Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

The other morning I went to let the chooks out for some free range time and I got a pleasant surprise when I came across this beautiful specimen fluttering about in the chicken run.

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This is an Orchard Swallowtail butterfly, native to Australia and found along the east coast.

The red dots on the butterfly indicates this one is a male.

It’s one of the largest butterflies with a wing span range of 10 to 14cm, and they also flutter more slowly than other butterflies.

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This is a stunning looking butterfly, it’s deep black in colour with white markings and it also has flecks of gold on its wings as you can see in this close up.

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Just beautiful!

3 thoughts on “Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

  1. a lovely specimen Sue. I use to collect mount and study butterflies as a young boy scientist and Orchards were always a great catch, I especially liked the female which is quite different to the male and has a thicker pointier abdomen.

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