False apollo - Archon apollinus


Family: Papilionidae.

Flight Time: March-April.

Size: 54-60mm

Altitude: 0-1100m


Taken in SW Turkey a few years back, this is quite a special species. They were never common but what a sight, you can actually see the flowers through the wing. Even natural sunlight produces a little reflection, but not enough to distract from the beautiful image. It has quite a restricted distribution in Europe, but can be seen on a number of the eastern Greek islands as well as Turkey.

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Birthwort - Aristolochia

Scrub / woodland

False apollo distribution


Early Stages




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