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Rare butterfly spotted in Norfolk garden

PUBLISHED: 11:40 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:40 07 June 2019

A rare Swallowtail butterfly was spotted in a Norfolk garden. Photo: Jeanette Pembleton

A rare Swallowtail butterfly was spotted in a Norfolk garden. Photo: Jeanette Pembleton

Jeanette Pembleton

A striking Swallowtail butterfly was photographed in a Norfolk garden this week.

Jeanette Pembleton, living in West Somerton, photographed this beautiful Swallowtail, the largest and rarest butterfly indigenous to the UK, in her garden.

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It was the fifth or sixth she has seen.

The British Swallowtail can only be found in the Norfolk Broads, where it lays its eggs on the milk-parsley uniquely abundant there.

The first brood emerge late May to early July and thanks to conservation management, with the cutting back of reeds and sedge to promote milk-parsley growth, there is now a significant second brood which emerge in September.

To be with a chance of spotting a Swallowtail visit either Hickling or Ranworth Broads.

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