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Scarce Swallowtail

Scarce Swallowtail
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Copyright: Iovescu Stefan (stefan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 32] (137)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-08
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-12 3:06
Viewed: 2666
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands. It is found in places with sloe thickets and particularly orchards. It is also called Sail Swallowtail or Pear-tree Swallowtail. The Southern Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthamelii), is sometimes treated as a subspecies.
t is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce Swallowtail have been reported from central Sweden and the UK but they were probably only strays and not migrants. The scarcity of UK migrants is responsible for the English common name. In the Alps it can be found up to altitudes of 1600 m.
n some years the Scarce Swallowtail is quite abundant. The Scarce Swallowtail is getting rarer as the blackthorn bushes are being cleared; and it is now protected in some central European countries. It is protected by law in Czech republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland. It is considered Rare-Endangered and protected in some provinces of Austria and of status Indeterminate throughout Europe.
The food plant includes hawthorn bushes. The caterpillars spin little pads on leaves and grip them firmly. The newly hatched caterpillar is dark in colour with two smaller and two bigger greenish patches on the dorsal side, later they are greenish with yellowish dorsal and side stripes. The summer chrysalids are green as a rule, the hibernating ones are brown. A number of hibernating chrysalids fall prey to various enemies.

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Excelenta aceasta captura.
Detalii perfcete si culori frumoase Iar pr liliac...nu am mai vazut aceasta specie.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-12 3:28]

Hi Stefan,today is truely better than yesterday,a dinamic and nice point of view and a very god focus,just a little overexposed,but the composition is truely beautifull! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Stefan, beautiful macro with wonderful swallowtail on splendid flowers, excellent sharpness, good natural colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Iovescu,
Very good POV! truly innovative! Good lighting, great detail, perhaps a larger aperture (f/3.2 may be) would have been a better background. Greetings, Thanks for sharing. Jesús

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-12 11:28]

Hello Stefan.
Lovely shot of this beautiful butterfly. Very good clarity and colours. Lovely patterns and DOF.Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Buna Stefan,
Un fluture superb bine prezentat avand culori si detalii excelente.
Felicitari! Numai bine!

Hi Stefan,

Excellent shot! The colours and focus look great. The exposure seems quite well, but it would be better to place the subject centrally in the frame, at least in my view MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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