Eastern festoon - Zerynthia cerisy


Family: Papilionidae.

Flight Time: March-July.

Size: 52-62mm

Altitude: 75-1000m


This is a photo from a trip to SW Turkey a few years back. These festoons were one of the more common and accommodating species in the area, enabling me to get lots of nice shots. This one's a male, the females seem to come in many different forms, I was beginning to think they were perhaps a different species ! A big species this so a 28-80mm lens was easily powerful enough to get a very nice size picture.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Zerynthia rumina

Birthwort - Aristolochia

Hot sunny grassy areas

Eastern festoon distribution


Early Stages




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