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Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon
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Copyright: Luis alberto (semprempe) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 4 N: 140] (974)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 550D, EF 75-300mm III USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-30 11:24
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Papilio machaon
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Old World swallowtail

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. machaon
Binomial name
Papilio machaon
Linnaeus, 1758

The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family). It is the type species of the genus Papilio and occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.

The trailing edges of the hind wings resemble the tails of swallows.
The imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65–86 millimetres (2.6–3.4 in).[1] The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.
It can be distinguished from Papilio hospiton, which occurs sympatrically with it on Corsica and Sardinia, by the longer "tails" on the hind wings.[2] It can be told apart from the Algerian species Papilio saharae only by counting the segments on the antennae.[2]
[edit]Distribution and status

This butterfly is present throughout the entire Palearctic region, ranging from Russia to China and Japan, (including the Himalayas and Taiwan), and across into Alaska, Canada, and the United States.
In Asia, it is reported as far south as Saudi Arabia, Oman, the high mountains of Yemen, Lebanon, and Israel. In southern Asia, it occurs in Pakistan and Kashmir, northern India (Sikkim, to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh), Nepal, Bhutan, and northern Myanmar.[3]
This butterfly is widespread in Europe. In the United Kingdom, it is limited to a few areas in the Norfolk Broads of East Anglia.[4] It is the UK's largest resident butterfly. The Monarch Danaus plexippus is slightly larger, but is only a rare vagrant.
As P. machaon is widespread throughout Eurasia and often common, it is not threatened as a species.[3] It is listed as "Vulnerable" in the South Korean and Austrian Red Data Books, and in the Red Data Book of the former Soviet Union.[3]
In some countries, P. machaon and its subspecies are protected by law. Papilio machaon machaon is protected by law in six provinces of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. The species is protected in the United Kingdom, and subsp. verityi is protected in India.[3]

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Hello Luis,

Hope you are well and nice to meet you. Hope too you'll be enjoying spring. This is a superb photo of this very beautiful coloured butterfly sitting over some kind of a thistle flowers.The butterfly is sharply focused and its colours beautifully contrast with the lovely colours of the flower.Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful shot and thanks also for your comments to my photo....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Ciao Luis.
Molto bella questa macro,con di colori magnifici,ottima nitidezza con e al composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2012-03-30 16:34]

Hola Luis,
hermoso macro. Hiciste un buen trabajo haciendo el fondo más borroso y sacando los pastos secos.Excelente nota también. Saludos y tfs

Hello Luis,

A really fine exposition of beautiful butterfly foraging on a thistle (courtesy Abid) flower necter. I wish the POV were slightly low, though.


Hello Luis
Despite the difficult POV a nice photo with good composition and wonderful lighting.

Ciao Luis, great capture of fantastic Machaon on a beautifulflower, wonderful natural colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-31 11:10]

Hello Luis,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in good sharpness and very beautiful light and colours. Taken from an original POV.

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