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P. machaon caterpillar

P. machaon caterpillar
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-25 5:19
Viewed: 4361
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Welcome after longer break. Photo was taken in the last days of summer (20 IX 2009) on the same day as my photo of Inachis io here

The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail or, simply, The Swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family). Caterpillars of P. machaon have a special organ - osmeterium

The osmeterium is a fleshy organ found in the prothoracic segment of caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies. Normally hidden, this forked structure can be everted when the caterpillar is threatened, and used to emit a foul-smelling secretion containing terpenes.

P. machaon caterpillars food plants: Anethum graveolens, Daucus carota, Petrosolinum crispum

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-10-25 5:34]

Siemanko Krzysiek!
Super fotka ,ostrosc , kolory ,kontrast i tlo na najwyzszym poziomie .
Gasiennicy tej jeszcze na swojej drodze nie spotkalem :-)
Pozdrawiam Slawek

This is a verry good picture of that caterpillar.Good clarity and colours too.Best regards.Alin.

Witaj Krzysztof. Perfect macro shot for great light, excellente DOF and stunning details. Interesting diagonal compo with amazing blurred BG.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-25 6:40]

Lovely caterpillar of beautiful P.machaon!
Great details and colors!

Hi Krzystof,

Thanks for posting this photo, it is interesting to P. Machaon in caterpillar form.

From a technical standpoint, the picture is perfect. The colors are solid and well communicated. The use of the angle of the branch, perfect composition and delivery completed by the height of the caterpillar, very well determined. The background is absolutely beautiful, with diffuse color elements, which increase the character of the photo.

Excellent work. Congratulations and greetings,


  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-25 8:10]

Hello Krzysztof,
This capture of a full-grown P. machaon caterpillar is almost perfect. It would have been perfect if the osmeterium were extended:)! Otherwise this is a macro of such quality that I can only praise it.
Well done and thanks,
All the best,

Wonderful caterpillar of this great butterfly!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-25 10:02]

Hello Krzysztof
Wonderful caterpillar, vivid colors...well done

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-25 11:23]

Hallo Krzysztof,
Jakos jeszcze nie mialem szczescia albo mam za malo wrazliwe oczy zeby go zauwazyc.Pokazujesz go w interesujacej pozycji na bardzo efektownym tle.Ostrosc i kontrast super.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hi Krzysztof,

Technically awesome macro capture of this machaon caterpillar. It would be beter if we could see osmoteriums too. Indeed i have captured one but i could not find a proper time to upload it. May be in future MF!
TFS and have a nice night and new week!


a very beautiful caterpillar.
great details and nice colours.

Hello Krzystof,
Excellent composition, with nice saturated colors. Perfect sharpness too. Good job!

ciao Krzysztof!
papilio machaon in perfetta forma...
bella la diagonale e la stupenda cromia
del sottofondo
complimenti e buona settimana sERGIO
ps. grazie per la nota sull'i.d. della larva!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-10-25 23:48]

Super sharp, Krzysztof.
Great job on this beautiful caterpillar.
The colors and the light are fantastic.
TFS. : )

  • Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
  • [2009-10-26 16:55]

hello Krzysztof
superb shot of this very beautiful caerpillar, great composition
excellent colors, sharp details, BG and DOF
very well done

  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-27 10:30]

Hi, Krzysztof.
This species, may be, is one from the more photogenic caterpillars. However, you managed to create the most beautiful and skillful shot of it. All is brilliant: impressive direct POV and precise composition, stunning sharpness and details of the insect and stem, fantastic in its blurriness and colouration BG. Once more my congratulations and TFS.

Cześć Krzysiu
Piękne zdjęcie. Podoba mi się kompozycja ze skośnie umieszczonym obiektem. Bardzo ładne kolory i doskonała ostrość. No i dobra głębia ostrości powodująca, że tło jest jednolite i "miękkie".
P.S. Czy to już zdjęcie robione Twoim nowym aparatem?

Pierwsza rzecz, ktora mnie zdziwila to data zrobienia zdjecia. Wyrosniete gasienice pazia krolowej widywalem zwykle w czerwcu a tu prosze, koniec wrzesnia :)
Ladna fotka, co wcale nie jest takie proste przy tym gatunku (zwykle wychodza jakiesrefleksty bialego koloru).

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-15 4:44]

Hello Krzysztof,
Colors, focus, sharpness, details, POV, composition and background look lovely.
Best wishes,

Woooow, Krzystztof, to see this one in nature must be amazing. So big, so wonderful in the colours.
Thanks, excellent work
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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