Zerynthia cerisy cretica is a Cretan subspecies of the eastern festoon, and is an Old World papilionid butterfly, in the same family as the swallowtails. The Cretan sobspecies is smaller and less well marked than the eastern festoon, but nonetheless just as beautiful in my eyes. Versions 1-4 are images of one that I found in the meadow next to my house yesterday, unfortunately she had a damaged wing, but |I felt she was still worth photographing V.5 shows one that I spotted today, with its wings spread. Although endemic to Crete, these are the only two eastern festoons that I have ever spotted here.
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