Rare Swallowtail Butterfly in the Marica Lodge gardens

by Richard Raby on November 26, 2007

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For the past couple of weeks now, I have been observing an early brood of the highly endangered and endemic (to the Rio de Janeiro state coast-line) Parides ascanius, also know as the beach swallowtail. The Lodge is situated on the banks of a fresh-water lagoon where ideal habit exists for this globally endangered butterfly, the first insect to be listed by CITIES as “critically endangered” for the whole of Brazil.

This morning I was luck enough to find a settled female resting on some vegetation right outside of my bedroom window, and I managed to get this picture with a basic snapshot camera that was handy.

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