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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, Polarizer filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Romania butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-28 14:03
Viewed: 3742
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail and the Old World Swallowtail. It is considered as the representative species of the Swallowtail or Papilionidae family and is spread right across the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia.
This striking butterfly is yellow with black wing and vein markings and a wingspan of 8 to 10 cm. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.

The Swallowtail is present throughout the entire Palearctic region through Russia to China and Japan (including the Himalayas and Taiwan) and across into Alaska and Canada. In Asia it is reported as far South as Saudi Arabia, Oman and the high mountains of Yemen.

In South Asia it occurs in Pakistan (Baluchistan, North West Frontier Province, Chitral), and Jammu and Kashmir, Northern India (Sikkim, to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) Nepal, Bhutan and northern Myanmar.

This butterfly is widespread in Europe but in the United Kingdom it is limited to a few areas in the Norfolk Broads of East Anglia. It is the UK's largest resident butterfly. The Monarch Danaus plexippus is slightly larger but is only a rare vagrant.


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Bonita Papilio con excelente encuadre y priorizando los colores. Algo justa de enfoque pero buena toma en su conjunto.
Saludos Mircea.

Hello Mircea,

Wonderful colors and a great job!

Hi Mircea, fantastic colors on this macro-shot, excellent pose and great focus, I like so much the splendid background and your composition vry well framed,


They are covered in colors, lovely presentation.
Great capture and framing.


Hello Mircea,
Wonderful colors,beautiful photo.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-09-28 16:52]

Wow, Mircea! That is as beautiful as a painting! Great clarity and detail and a wonderful with a striking overall composition! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-28 18:30]

Salut Mircea,
Very nice and vivid colourful butterfly! GREAT DETAILS, excellent control of DOF. Lovely dark background!


Hi Mircea,
great shot of this butterfly with lovely colors and good sharpness.
Nice composiion, too

TFS Tatjana

Hi Mircea,
great job
wonderful colours and sharpnes

Hi Mircea, splendid Papilio with wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-29 2:35]

Hello Mircea,
a stunning capture.
+++ Sharp and detailed showing us every scale on the wing. Vivid but natural colours and perfect lighting. Very good diagonal composition.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • arunk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 19] (272)
  • [2007-09-29 3:48]


Very good composition , colours looks good
well done sir

Arun krishnaiah

Bonjour Micrea,superbe photo, les couleurs sont splendides, bravo.Martine

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-29 8:20]

Hi Mircea
Nice macro.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors and BG are also very nice.
TFS Michel

parfaite présentation de ce papillon, les couleurs sont claires, nettes et tres belles, bonne réussite de cette prise
bravo et merci a toi

Bonjour Mircea
Très belle composition, couleurs, netteté et attitude du sujet. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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