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Beautiful Swallowtail

Paul Iddon

A beautiful Swallowtail moth - one of our largest Geometrids. Ourapteryx sambucaria.

Being strictly nocturnal and having quite a short emergence period in late June - July, it is not often encountered by the non-enthusiast.

With that in mind, I am quite pleased to have had the opportunity to photograph one.


Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This is a fabulous treat! I like that it’s (mostly), undamaged. Peter Dexter also has the skill to find rarer moths without hurting them.


It’s such a great opportunity for the rest of us to enjoya wider array of creatures.

Of course we could open our eyes, but mostly we get around by ignoring 99.99% of everything around us!