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Papilio machaon (Linnaeus, 1758)

Papilio machaon (Linnaeus, 1758)
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-27 8:51
Viewed: 6519
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 59
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Here, we can see a new emerged adult insect of Papilio machaon (Linnaeus, 1758).
The picture shows also the empty pupa and new pupa.
The pupa and adult insect are stand of the food plant (Fucho, in portuguese - Foeniculum vulgare).
Their larvas feeds also on a wide variety of plants such as: Cicuta virosa, Carum carvi, Trinia, Laserpitium, Pimpinella saxifraga, Aegopodium podagraria, Anethum graveolens, Angelica silvestris, A. archangelica, Levisticum officinale, Peucedanum, P. palustre, Pastinaca sativa, Heracleum sphondylium, Daucus, D. carota, Heracleum, Ferula, Dictamnus albus, Ruta and Haplophyllum.
The eggs are yellow and laid on one of those food plants.
This species is very preaty and we can see them fly from spring to summer.
The butterflies likes to feed on the nectar of some flowers, called in Portugal as "Zínias"
The picture shows a male of this species, the female is bigger then the male.

I'd like to thanks to my friend Felipe, from Spain, who told me how to resise the picture.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-06-27 9:26]

Hello Paulo. I see you have found the solution to get the good size. well, this butterfly is superb, next time cut a little bit the parts which are not necessary around the subject. Well seen.

Hi Paulo!
WONDERFUL butterfly! Just superb colours. I never saw something like that!

The good time!
Nice POV and DOF.
TFS, Laurent

I like very much the light colour and composition. Thanks, Ori

A very fine and delicate image, Paulo. Vanishing colors give a kind of romantic touch to the composition. Butterfly is beautiful. The empty pupa adds to the story. Very well done.

les couleurs sont assez speciales mais le sujet est peut-être un peu trop centré.

Hello Paulo, good picture of a Papilio machaon. I like the butterfly. Very good shot. Great POV and very good details.
Good visual impact. TFS.

It's a very beautiful insect.
Good POV and great focus showing us details very well. The bad concern here is the BG. It is light coloured and hence so much shiny.
It distracts a lot.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-28 8:11]

Wow, beautiful butterfly, Paulo. I like it very much.Good job.
Rgs, Aleksander

Well done. The only nit I have is that perhaps I would crop out the wall on the left. Apart from that I think you've done a good job here.

It looks like a painting, wall texture appears like canvas. Even colors are very interesting.

Great work.


Beautiful capture of of beautiful butterfly .....stunning!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-29 22:26]

Hello Paulo Henrique!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Very well seen and thank you very much for sharing.

Its a little over exposed Paulo but what a beautful butterfly this is. Its shape and coloring are amazing . Good work.

Espectacular!Uma delícia...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-02 3:53]

Wow ! Beautiful and very interesting composition for this superb Machaon ! Great moment, good colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing this moment Paulo.

Expectacular! una meravella!

Bonsoir Paul,
Quel magnifique papillon. je n'ai jamais vu celui-ci en France. Les couleurs sont délicates et bien rendues. Joli travail.

Hello Paulo! What an extraordinary capture of the very new hatchling butterfly! You were really at the right place at the right time! I like the lightness of the composition, the soft greens and cream coloured wall accent the light colours of the butterfly. What great eyes! Marvellous macro, you have a very good eye too! Well done! Thank you, Linda

Hi Paulo.
Wonderful capture. I really like the soft tones in your photo. I don't think I would crop the photo, because I like how you show the stringy texture in the plant that the butterfly and pupae are on. The butterfly stands out well with its black outlines and pretty colouring. Well done!

C'est, à mon avis, l'un des plus beaux papillons du monde si ce n'est le plus beau que l'on trouve en France. On le trouve du nord au sud de l'hexagone. Cela me rappelle mon enfance à les observer se poser sur les glycines du voisin... Aujourd'hui il se fait rare dans notre pays : signe d'une augmentation de la pollution ???

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2005-10-31 17:04]

Olá Paulo!
Que beleza de borboleta, tão delicada...
Excelente macro e enquadramento revelando ainda a paciência do fotógrafo.Bom trabalho! Parabéns,

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  • foxy (0)
  • [2005-11-11 7:16]

This is my favourite butterfly among all. I like the clean look and the fine black line over it.Beautiful shot - POV and DOF.
Thanks for sharing.

Very fine picture of the Swallowtail butterfly. The very subtle pale colours add an artistic touch to that excellent naturalistic shot. Thank you for that. It adds to my favorites. Best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-28 4:54]

What a super catch Paulo, showing us the newly emerged butterfly. Well shown, TFS

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  • Hoos Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
  • [2006-03-20 1:22]
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Your photos are great its difficult to choose one, but I think this is my favorite!! a very interesting specimen!! good shot

I love the lighting and coloring in this photo. The inclusion of the pupa is wonderful. What a gorgeous shot! Excellent work, your gallery of photos is amazing.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-03 17:15]
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Hi Paulo,
Exceptional composition and colours: very beautiful photo.
José M.

I think the colurs and the lighting in this picture are excellent. - you are so lucky to have been there at the right time.


Hello Paulo,
Very excite to see a butterfly just emerged from cocoon. The blending of natural colors here also fantastic. Well seen.

very good shoot.

Hi Paulo
Very nice presenattion. It looks like a drawing from an old book on insects (white buckground and almost all stages on one image) I know that kind of drawings especially with P. machaon
Best wishes

PS I hope that you will post some new photos :-)

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