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Scarce Swallowtail


Scarce Swallowtail
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-15 12:38
Viewed: 2767
Points: 16
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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.

Distribution

It 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.

Status

In 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.

Life cycle

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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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-15 13:00]

Hello Josť,
An interesting, well composed capture of Papilio machaon taken from an unusual POV that shows its features with fine sharpness and clours against a nice clean BG.
Thanks and best regards,
Ivan

Hi Jose,

Amazing macro capture of this green beauty from great and unusual POV with excellent DOF providing good details!
TFS and have a nice night!
Cheers,

Bayram

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-15 13:42]

Hello Jose.
This is an very good photo with this butterfly. You have got a very sharp image as you have chosen a very well addapted DOF. You have also made good use of the light rendering such bright and natural looking colors.
Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-15 21:04]

Hi Jose,

Very nice photo of this Butterfly, it is very rare also in Romania.TFS!

Ciao Jose. Good details and sharp with beautiful nattural colours against the blurred soft BG. Bit OOF the right wing.

Roberto

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-16 5:26]

Hello Jose,
very simple but attractive capture. The flower and the butterfly is well seen in excellent details. The pestel background makes it so pleasant.
well composed shot.

regards,
Foozi

Ciao Jose, difficult POV for a beautiful I. podalirius, lovely blurry BG, wonderful sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-16 8:23]

Hello Jose,
Very beautiful photo of this Scarce Swallowtail. I like the colors and composition very much. Surprising POV. Good sharpness, details, DOF and OOF BG.
Regards,
Peter

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