The most showy insects living in the fields and pastures are without a doubt butterflies, among which the most famous ones are the Apollo Butterfly, the Swallowtail, and the Peacock Butterfly. In the Park there are 96 species of diurnal butterflies, a considerable quantity, since it represents the 40% of all the species found in Italy. Particularly interesting for their rarity and distribution are the species living at higher altitudes. The Park represents a very important safeguard area and a genetic reserve for butterfly species that elsewhere have become rare or have disappeared.
Butterflies, Parnassius apollo
(photo by Enrico Canal (CTA-CFS))