Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae

Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae
Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden Breeding stock of 5 pupae
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Swallowtail Papilio machaon machaon Sweden

It is extremely rare to get breeding stock of the Swedish nominate race, and this is a great opportunity for breeders! 

This is the nominate subspecies. Papilio machaon machaon Linné 1758. Both the pupae and adult butterflies more resemble those of britannicus than the main European subspecies gorganus.

These pupae have been specially bred for us from wild stock in Sweden. Locality Date Vindåsens (57º 5452’ N and 16º 4702 E) on the east coast of Sweden, 10 yards from the sea. Here Parnassius apollo and Poplar Admiral were also seen at the same time.

We consider them to be very close to the English Swallowtail in behaviour and rearing characteristics, even though they are not confined to wetlands. 

The larvae do well on both wild and garden Parsnip and, like the English Swallowtail,  Milk Parsley Peucedanum palustre and P. ostruthium. Also  Angelica archangelica. Carrot tops may also be tried. The larvae will eat Fennel but it appears that mortality of machaon machaon is higher on Fennel than the preferred foodplants.

There is normally only one generation in the year. Some pupae might be encouraged to emerge in late summer, but most will be stored cool until November, then refrigerated until April in anticipation of May emergence.