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Scarce Swallowtail

Scarce Swallowtail
Photo Information
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: 2010-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-24 10:53
Viewed: 2824
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.


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.


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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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-24 11:09]

Hi Jose,
Excellent colors and details, very good presentation too, TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-24 11:12]

Hello José,
A very nice capture of the European Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon).
The POV shows the features with fine sharpness and colours against a contrasting dark OOF natural BG.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-24 11:13]

Hello Jose,
I just saw that your last photo was number 100. Still congratulations. Very nice and beautiful photo of this Swallowtail. Excellent sharpness, details and bright colours. Good DOF.

Olá amigo José, esta é uma outra bela imagem rica e contrastante, bom trabalho!. Parece-me que você faz excelente macro 400 milímetros comprimento focal, o quão longe você tirar esta foto?.
Saudações, obrigado por compartilhar, Jesus

Ciao Jose, splendid Papilio machaon with fantastic colors, lovely composition, excellent sharpness, fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose
Great Papilio machaon!
Details are perfect!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-24 15:27]

Hi Jose,very nice composition,the colors are naturals,maybe the sharpness isn't at the top but you work at the best in these difficult light's conditions.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Jose,
Excellent colors and details, great composition!


  • paninho Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 21] (158)
  • [2010-10-15 2:36]

Ola José!

Gostei desta tua fotografia! A precisão da focagem é impressionante!


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