A frequent visitor to our garden is the Swallowtail Butterfly, although it has remained one of the most elusive of creatures when it comes to sitting to have it's portrait taken.
Perseverance did eventually pay off and I finally have been rewarded for all of those times I ran back into the house to get my camera, only to have my flighty friend disappear before I could frame the shot.
The Swallowtail, named after the appearance of it's tail to the tail of some swallows, is not a rarity to Portugal - Swallowtails exist on all continents except Antarctica.
I now look forward to an autumn Swallowtail rush to my lantana, and the possibility of taking a family portrait snap.
Edited 21 September: More photos available here.