Mountain Apollo Revisited

I had my photos of the much-loved butterflies of an English summer day all lined up to display for Denzils’ Nature Photo Challenge 13# Butterflies. Then I realised I wanted to share something else instead: a photo of a rare butterfly I first saw in the Pyrenees, ten years ago now: the Mountain Apollo.

Mountain Apollo

July 31st 2013

I just want to share a photo I took on our walk on Sunday, when we went to the Gorges de la Frau.  This butterfly seduced us all with its distinctive spots and white grisaille wings.  It turns out to be rare, a protected species, and known only in mountain regions, mainly in Southern Europe.  The French know it as Apollon, and its Latin name is Parnassius Apollo.  If your French is up to it, you can read about it here.  

And here’s a small taste of the Gorges de la Frau, only a few miles from our house.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

66 thoughts on “Mountain Apollo Revisited”

  1. Now isn’t that the most beautiful butterfly! The sort of memory that can lift your spirits whenever you think back to your marvellous good fortune to have seen it. Not just the one, but several! Wow!

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      1. I know. It was a big surprise for everyone when the scientists worked out why the decline when Honeyeaters thrive in the bush. I have around eight different types at my place.
        You are most welcome. A bit of a wow knowledge exchange is good

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  2. That is a beautiful butterfly, I’m glad you shared it 😀 I’m also glad I’m not the only person who starts off on one topic for a post and changes tack mid stream!

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  3. Oh, you have captured the fragile beauty of butterflies, Margaret. I am fascinated by their delicate nature and how they live boldly in their short lifespan. They are truly a symbol of transformation and the beauty of life.

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  4. Ah, your post made me want to instantly book a flight to some destination with mountains. Walking in the mountains is such a great way to relax and reflect on things. The butterfly is gorgeous!

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  5. You can’t beat the thrill of seeing a rare species, whether it’s a butterfly or whatever. Lovely to see and read these memories of your time in the Pyrenees.

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