Rare butterfly spotted in Norfolk garden

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 - Credit: 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.

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.


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

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