The dynamic world of the Zerynthias (Zerynthia polyxena & Z. rumina)
An extract of the documentary of the Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina Linné, 1758) in its dry habitat and the Southern Festoon (Zerynthia polyxena Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) in its wetland habitat. See their life-cycle from mating, egg-laying on their remarkable host-plants from the genus Aristolochia , the development of the caterpillars and hatching of the chrysalises of these beautiful butterflies.
An inter-specific crossing was photographed in spring 2004. The previous year devastating forest fires have created corridors between dry and humid habitats that some females have explored, through the habitat of the other species.