Clouded Apollo

Parnassius mnemosyne

The Clouded Apollo is a butterfly species of the family of Swallowtail butterflies found in Eurasia.
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Distribution

Its range of distribution extends from the Pyrenees, across the Central Massif, the Alps, and the Carpathians as far as central Asia. It inhabits all European countries including Norway, where it appears rarely and only in certain places. A special subspecies lived in Denmark, but is now extinct.
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Habitat

Clouded Apollos inhabit meadows and woodland clearings with plenty of flowering plants, both in the lowlands and in the mountains. It is not usually found at altitudes above 1500m except in the Asian mountains where it is known also from higher altitudes.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyPapilionidae
GenusParnassius
SpeciesP. mnemosyne
Photographed in
Bulgaria
Iran