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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 22:54
Viewed: 3448
Points: 60
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Swallowtail - Papilio machaon

This was captured on a hot day by a small lake on Lesvos. The female Swallowtail was flitting between umbelliferous flowers to deposit her eggs, one at a time.

The eggs hatch after about a week and the caterpillar spends the first part of its life with the appearance of a bird dropping, an effective defense against predators. As the caterpillar grows larger it becomes green with black and orange markings. The caterpillar has a defense against predators in the form of an osmeterium which consists of retractable, fleshy projections behind its head that can release a foul smell if disturbed which deters insects but not birds.

Papilio machaon was named by Carl Linnaeus in the 10th edition of Systema Naturae in 1758.

It is a butterfly that is declining in Europe as damp meadows are rapidly disappearing.

Dis. Ac., Miss_Piggy, maurydv, Marco2010, siggi, maaciejka, eqshannon, KOMSIS, CeltickRanger, marius-secan, joska, Alex99, MMM, rousettus, anel, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hello Ulla,

youre my just for so you are my neighbour.
Very nice image from this beautiful butterfly laying eggs.
Good of sharpness, pov and dof.
fine colors.
Always an nice meeting to see insects laying eggs.


Hello Ulla
Perfect macro, beautiful composition and colors.

Hallo Ulla
The natural colours and details captured and displayed here is very eye-catching and striking. It is an image filled with natural beauty and no pretence. This is indeed a beautiful butterfly and the action captured here is great. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful macro shot of a female Swallowtail laying eggs, splendid light and colours, excellent POV and vertical composition
Best regards

Ciao Ulla.
Complimenti per la composizione belli i colori di questa farfalla,ottima la nitidezza molto bene.
Ciao Marco.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-21 0:52]

Hello Ulla,
beautiful butterfly laying eggs shot, the texture and the details on the wings looks very nice, well composed shot, fine pov, liked the colours and the bg very much.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-21 2:22]

Hello Ulla,
exciting capture indeed. The light is very special in emphasizing the beauty and the pattern of the wings. The flowers too provide a pleasant element to enhance the composition.


You must be joking dear Ulla!!!This brilliant image here has been taken with a bridge camera! Wow! The depth of field is just like a dream here, brilliant simplicity, gorgeous point of view, impeccable detail, sharpness and colors! Wow Ulla, I love that image. Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Ulla. Stunning details and intrigant transparencies. Interesting playingi of light and right vertical compo.


hello Ulla
great sharpness ,looks a painting
with great details and super colours
nice composition
great shot Ulla
greeting lou

Hi Ulla
Impressive photo with interesting composition and POV, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Hi Ulla,
great sharpness. Very nice colours. Impressive composition. I also like a background.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice evening.

Hi miss. ulla,

Excellent shot & a rare one. Very good POV with great sharpness.
Framing is too well. TFS.


Very delicate Ulla....a slice of natural life. Very well in control of your subject matter and your camera gear, this archival is a fine one for posting on a winters day so gloomy here in the US. It brightens my smile!

Hi Ulla,
A very beautiful composition of Papilio in egg-lying process; the light and colours are amazing and the sharpness very good. Best regards, Pambos

Una bella y cuidada composición Ulla, tanto en la distribución de los elementos
como en el cuidado de la luz.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-21 10:16]

Hello Ulla,
Very beautiful photo of this butterfly in splendid natural colours. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF. The OOF BG is so beautiful! Taken from a great POV in a very good composition.
Have a wonderful weekend,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-21 10:29]

Hi Ulla,
My favourite Swallowtail!
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Best wishes,

Ciao Ulla, superb macro of wonderful butterfly in nice action, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Ulla

excellent photo of this butterfly with fine POV
and choice of vertical framing, excellent focus
sharpness and details, beautiful light coming
in to the image, TFS


Hello Ulla,
Nice capture. What a great moment. Lovely composition with excellent colors and fantastic details.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-21 23:09]

Hi Ulla,
Splendid photo of this big beautiful butterfly in action, great lights and colors, TFS!

Hello Ulla,
A lovely capture showing a wonderful Swallowtail from a very nice POV. Sharpness and details are fantastic, colours and composition are beautiful. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-23 2:47]

Hi Ulla.
It is funny a bit and nice that we have shared pictures of the same beautiful butterflies. I welcome impressive vertical composition of the shot. Plant on which butterfly took place is also wonderful. Selected POV is very attractive and backlight underlines the features of colouration and shapes of the species. Warm greetings and best regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-23 9:02]

Hi Ulla
Beautiful closed up.The pose is just outstanding.As usual sharp image with excellent detail.I also like that nice OOF BG
TFS Michel

hello Ulla
nice to see this beautiful swallowtail in these cold winter days. very nice shot from great POV and with focus. beautiful colors and composition. thanks for sharing.
have a good night and have a nice new week

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-25 14:24]

Hi Ulla,
Excellent composition, sharpness, colors, and very nice POV.
Congratulations and best regards ..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-27 2:36]

hello Ulla,
Very interesting moment shown with this fine butterfly-picture. I like the vertical framing showing also well the plant chosen by the female Papilio machaon to lay her eggs. Excellent picture if I consider that you have used a bridge-camera.
Have a nice weekend

Hy Ulla
It is an interesting behaviour, never seen before! I mean, probably is common for this species, but for me is something new!
Taken very well, with very good details and perfect sharpness!

Dear Ulla,
impressing capture of P. machaon laying its eggs on its feeding plant. This is happening quickly at very short stops only, almost in flight, so this is definitely a rare capture - and in very good quality too. My congratulations!
Must have been a fairytale time spent in Spring in the Aegean with vegetation green and fresh, and so many butterflies around. Thank you!
With best regards,

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