Thought you might like to share our appreciation for this current resident of our garden. It's known as a "Common Swallowtail" and is very rare in the UK. Evidently some East Anglian fens occasionally host a small population.
It's rather demeaning to call this magnificent creature common though, don't you think? I rather think he's one of nature's royalty!
Common Swallowtails are found across most of Europe and normally fly from April to September. Here we are, 28ºC in the shade on October 3rd, and this beauty evidently enjoys the free lunch he gets from the nectar of our Lantana flowers...
On the evening of September 21st, we played host to some friends for an al fresco dinner. They all tucked into the superb Moussaka which Kyria Levkosia, from Halki, had very kindly made for me to bring home with me. See this post.
Before they came I thought I'd snap the dinner table, laid in readiness for the guests to arrive...
I'm glad to report that everyone present commented that they'd never eaten such a good Moussaka.
Kyria Levkosia's reputation is intact folks.