TQ7719 : Swallowtail butterfly, Sandrock Hill

taken 13 years ago, near to Sedlescombe, East Sussex, Great Britain

Swallowtail butterfly, Sandrock Hill
Swallowtail butterfly, Sandrock Hill
This splendid swallowtail (Papilio machaon) appeared in a greenhouse in May 2005. No one locally had been collecting or breeding butterflies and the most likely explanation is that its mother came from northern France and laid eggs on the fennel plant that was growing near the greenhouse. When fully grown a caterpillar could easily have crawled through the open greenhouse door to survive overwinter in a dry, sheltered spot. The butterfly was set free.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 8 May, 2005   (more nearby)
Monday, 31 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7772 1917 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:56.6746N 0:31.7058E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7771 1917
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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