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Pear-tree Swallowtail

Pear-tree Swallowtail
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Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, Kenko Polarizer (PL)
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 1:50
Viewed: 4437
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sail Swallowtail - Pear-tree Swallowtail.
This kind is in danger in Czech republic, because of using chemicals in agriculture. In Croatia is common.

It is very fast flying butterfly, and beetween sitting it flies very long way, not just couple of meters like his small butterfly brothers.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Iphiclides
It generally has a wingspan from 70 to 80mm.

Geographical distribution/ habitat: The Central and South of Europe, especially the warm and hot regions. Prefers hilly areas and flowery hamlets where lots of individual bushes grow. Large numbers of males often fly together round hilltops.

Host plants: Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), and other domesticated Prunus species, but also Pyrus, Malus, Sorbus, Crataegus spp.

Food plants: An avid nectar feeder, partial to lavender flowers especially.

Flight time: Usually two broods a year, on the wing in April-May and in September.

carper, horia, honza, peter_stoeckl, ellis49, coasties, marhowie, Hil, ddg, jeanpaul has marked this note useful
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very nice Tomas,
a well taken shot with a good composition a nice point of view, it's a little bit dark, I think a flash could be usefull, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-08 2:25]

Beautiful capture, Tomas.
This butterfly has an interesting shape, at least from this POV.
The colors are very rich and the details are super sharp.
Great composition.
TFS. : )

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-08-08 3:22]

Pěkný úlovek Tomáši. Tohodle motýla jsem viděl naposledy před 10 lety na Slovensku, od té doby nic. Líbí se mi kompozice, ostrost i krásné barvy. Pěkně Ti zapózoval. Ahoj Honza

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-08 3:44]

A splendid capture, Tom!

Excellent POV, nice sharp details, lovely colors, very good lighting and exposure and also nice BG. I love the way it looks so natural, so beautiful.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Tomas,
very pretty presentation, clear and sharp, with moody colours, and a perfect light with nice contrast and shaping.
The plant has been given enough space to point its importance for the butterfly. Complete notes, too.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Tomas,
Great macro.Beautiful composed.Well done.


Hi Tomas,
it's a very nice butterfly you have captured, the light and colours are lovely.
Well composed, good details and DOF.
Well done.

Hi Tomas

Beautiful composition. Lovely colour tone. Good quality. :-)

Hello Tomas,
A very pleasing frame. Lovely light & color, great POV.
Beautiful swallowtail :)
Well done and TFS!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-08 14:22]

Hi Tomas

Well captured shot, excellent details, compo and POV. I like the colours and the BG and framing is really nice too

Regards Hilary :)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-09 6:00]

Well caught Thomas, this is an excellent capture. Lighting is perfect and the composition too. Splendid BG. Well done, Didier.

Bonjour Tomas
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Trčs belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous trčs bons.Trčs beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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