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Future King
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 1:1
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-27 11:27
Viewed: 4439
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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). It is the type species of the genus Papilio and occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.

This striking butterfly is yellow with black wing and vein markings and a wingspan of 8 to 10 cm. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.

This butterfly is present throughout the entire Palearctic region, ranging from Russia to China and Japan, (including the Himalayas and Taiwan), and across into Alaska, Canada, and the United States. In Asia it is reported as far south as Saudi Arabia, Oman, the high mountains of Yemen, and Israel as well.

In Southern Asia it occurs in Pakistan and Kashmir, Northern India, (Sikkim, to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) Nepal, Bhutan, and northern Myanmar.

This butterfly is widespread in Europe. In the United Kingdom it is limited to a few areas in the Norfolk Broads of East Anglia. It is the UK's largest resident butterfly. The Monarch Danaus plexippus is slightly larger, but is only a rare vagrant.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-27 11:31]

Hi Grzegorz
What a great shot of this wonderful Papilio machaon caterpillar!
Details and colors are perfect!
I like the blurred BG!

Czesc Grzegorz
Piekna gasienica i ładnie wyeksponowana.
Pozdrawiam Robert

A very artistic pose of this beautiful caterpillar.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-07-27 12:44]

Dear Grzegorz!

I'm glad to meet you again on TN and to look ae your beautiful picture. The beauty of the caterpillar lets us imagine how beautiful the butterfly will be.

It seems to me that your sensor needs a cleaning... Aren't these dust spots on the picture?


Kind regards


What an amazing composition.
Lovely soft sharpness :)
Details are beautiful and both perch and caterpillar are subjets this time.
I agre with Markus about the sensor cleaning. I also noticed this spots just on top and under your incredible wasp ;)
Best regards, Felipe.

The title attracted me straight away to this photo, Grzegorz. The caterpillar is about to receive his crown. Dust spots aside, this is a wonderful photo with very beautiful colours and sharpness.

Greetings, Amelia

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-27 17:25]

Hi Grzegorz,

This caterpillar and future Swallowtail is as beautiful as the butterfly it will become. You captured it beautifully with wonderful colors and sharp details. The position on the stem is lovely. I love the vertical composition.


Hi Greg,
A nice capture of this beautiful caterpillar of Papilio machaon. Very beautifully composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Grzegzzy !
A super duper capture of this juicy fat candy slug.
It looks very sweet and tasty :)
Very good to see you posting here again.
So many old friends have returned,the fools,he he he ;)
Hope you have been having many fun times.
You must join us on Facebook.
We have such a lot of silly fun there.
Thanks for sopting again.

Hello Grzegorz
splendid image with so wonderful colors, i like the composition of this caterpillar climbing along the flower, amazing sharp details
the whole image is very beautiful to look at
Have agood night

Hi Greg

Woow, that's great. a perfect composition, POV and DOF. Beautiful colours highlighted perfectly on the OOF greensih background.


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