So I bet you thought, the shot of the holiday , would be a bird , wrong this time :0)
For species information please read the below , this image took one hour of stalking , and a lot of patience . I couldn't believe it when it settled :0)
Taken with the 300mm and 2x extender , and I just bought the 100mm macro you have too laugh :0)
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/640)
Focal Length 600 mm
ISO Speed 400
Exposure Bias +1/3 EV
The Swallowtail is our largest native butterfly, and also one of our rarest. This spectacular insect is our only resident butterfly of the Papilionidae family, which is one of the largest butterfly families in the world. Seeing the adult butterflies flying powerfully over the fens is a sight to behold, and one near the top of the list of most British butterfly-watchers. The British race is the subspecies britannicus although, in some years, there are reports of the gorganus subspecies arriving from the continent. The British race is slightly smaller and darker than its continental cousin.
This subspecies is indigenous to the British Isles, and is darker than its European counterpart, which is the subspecies gorganus.
The British subspecies is confined to the fens of the Norfolk broads. This is partly due to the distribution of the sole larval foodplant, Milk-parsley. The continental subspecies is less fussy and will feed on many kinds of Umbellifer, such as Wild Carrot.
The britannicus subspecies inhabits open fens where the larval foodplant, Milk-parsley, is found. Such fens are usually dominated by sedge or reed. The gorganus subspecies is a migrant and can be found almost anywhere, but most frequently on open grassland near the south coast of England.