Appendix A: (Papilionidae / Parnassiinae)
56.0002 [B&F: 1538a] Southern Festoon (Zerynthia polyxena) ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Locally common, in scrubland, flower meadows and rocky areas, throughout much of south-eastern Europe.

The only British record was a single specimen was caught by two boys on 27th May 1884 near Exeter, Devon, and it is believed that it was originally purchased as a pupa from a natural history dealer; it is therefore unclear why it should be included on the British list, Appendix A or otherwise. A beautiful insect nonetheless.
Wingspan 45-50 mm. Larva feeds on Birthwort.

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

As above but the larger the symbol, the greater the number of records
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