|European Swallowtail, Papilio machaon gorganus|
I was alerted to this continental immigrant’s presence by Neil who posted an enticing photo of the butterfly. The weather forecast changed through today and at 1pm I drove to East Sussex and arrived at the car park an hour later. During the huff and puff uphill I met Bob and Nigel returning with satisfied smiles and they gave me the exact location of the Swallowtail. This has to be the easiest rare butterfly shoot I will ever make. It was exactly where described and roosted the whole time I was there. It opened its wings briefly once, but as I was at the side was unable to capture the moment. The weather drew in as I approached the site and I left when the rain got heavy. In spite of the wing damage, this Swallowtail was well worth the trip. Several have been reported in Sussex recently and I was pleased to be able to view one close-up. I was able to describe the location to another enthusiast who I met on the way down.