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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-22 16:28
Viewed: 4070
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
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Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).

Tight crop that some might not like, but this is from the archives and I was a bit raw back when this was taken :)

Notes from Butterfly conservation:

This is one of our rarest and most spectacular butterflies. The British race britannicus is a specialist of wet fenland and is currently restricted to the Norfolk Broads. Here the adults can be seen flying powerfully over open fen vegetation, stopping to feed on flowers such as thistles and Ragged-Robin.

The butterfly probably declined within its range during the twentieth century but has benefited over the last few decades from conservation management aimed at increasing open fen vegetation. There are also scattered records of migrants of the continental race.

Foodplants for the Swallowtail - The native British race feeds solely on Milk-parsley (Peucedanum palustre). Occasional migrants of the continental race gorganus use a variety of umbellifers such as Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) and Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris).

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  • jchemas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
  • [2006-02-22 16:35]
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Hello Matt
Incredible shot.
Wonderful detail and colour, good POV and BG.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-02-22 16:39]
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Colours and details are GREAT!!! Brilliant shot, I have no other words!
TFS and best wishes,

Hello Matt,
Nice photo, nice colors. TFS.
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

Superb capture Matt,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-22 17:27]
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Hello Matt,
A very,very nice capture of this rarity.
Excellent detail and superb colours.
Nice one.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-22 21:54]
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Belle macro,les couleurs sont éclatantes et l'éclairage est parfait.

Félicitations et merci Matt!


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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-23 3:03]
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Very nice Swallowtail Matt. Very nice composition, perfect sharpness and beautiful colors. TFS

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-23 3:32]

Very beautiful photo of this Papilionidae!
Wonderful colours!
Excellent on details!
Very beautiful BG!
Excellent DOF!
Also common in Portugal.
Keep on going and TFS!

Very nice shot Matt. Lovely light and depth of colour. Well composed with sharp details. Good work. TFS.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-23 6:52]
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Hi Matt,
Brilliant macro!
Very sharp and clear details,
beautiful colours and excellent composed.
Thanks for sharing!

Fabulous shot Matt,excellent detail and depth.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-23 14:20]
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quality shot Matt,
a well taking shot, fantastic in pov, a nice dof and fantastic colours, very good photo, with my compliments,
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-23 14:40]
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Hello Mat , good photo a beautifull butterfly, good sharpnes colours compositie pov and dof,
greeting Teunie .

Hi Matt,
perfect sharpness, great colours, beautifully soft light. Very well shaped wings to a voluptous body. I always thought swallowtails are rare in the UK. But yours seem to be even prettier than the continental ones. Thanks and best regards,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-26 17:44]

Matt, just perfect.

Excellent colors, saturation and pov.

I enjoy composition and sharpness too.


Excellent picture of a swallowtail! Superb colors and great composition. Sharpness is spot on, I can even see the tiny scales on the wings! Exposure and details are perfect! Congratulations and TFS!


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