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Swallowtail 2
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-26 7:03
Viewed: 3856
Points: 97
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello All

this is my second post of a swallowtail, the first was a very old one, he was very passive, whitout move, but this one is younger and very active and very busy an his wings are not damaged

i hope you excuse my while this evening, i can't wright critiques or answer on your critiques, we are going out to the restaurant to celebrate the birthday from my father (and grandfather from Valérie ) he is 81 years old since two days

I wishe all my friends on TN, and other membres who are looking by, a good evening and a good night

Old World Swallowtail
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

he 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. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.


This butterfly is present throughout the entire Palearctic region through 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 but 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.


There are 37 subspecies.
▪ Papilio machaon gorganus is strongly migratory in Europe and can be found in almost all habitats.
▪ In the UK, P. m. brittanicus is an endemic subspecies, but occasionally individuals of the continental subspecies gorganus breed temporarily on the south coast. Subspecies brittanicus differs from the continental subspecies in being more heavily marked in black.
▪ The Maltese Islands are home to another endemic subspecies, P. m. melitensis.


▪ Widespread throughout Eurasia, often common and not threatened as a species.
▪ It is listed as "Vulnerable" in South Korea and the Austrian Red Data Book, and, also in the Red Data Book of the former Soviet Union.
▪ The Swallowtail is protected by law in the following countries:
▪ Papilio machaon machaon is protected by law in six provinces of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.
▪ UK (subsp. brittanicus occurs in the UK, but the law covers all subspecies).
▪ India (subsp. verityi).


In Kashmir, the Common Yellow Swallowtail, as Papilio machaon is called there, inhabits alpine meadows in the Himalayas occurring from 2000 feet in Kashmir valley to 16,000 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas. In India Himachal Pradesh, it is found over 4000 feet only and in Sikkim over 8000 feet only.
At lower elevations these butterflies fly from March to September. At higher elevations the butterflies are limited by the short summer seasons.
British subspecies brittanicus is less mobile than its European continental counterpart and stays within or close by its fenland habitat.


The butterfly has a strong and fast flight but frequently pauses to hover over flowering herbs and sip nectar. It frequents the alpine meadows and hillsides and is fond of 'hilltopping'. At lower elevations it can also be seen visiting gardens.

Life cycle and foodplants

There are usually two to three broods in a year, but in northern areas the species may be single-brooded. In some places like the UK some will pupate and emerge in the same year and others will overwinter as pupae before emerging the following year, a situation known as being partially double brooded.


Caterpillar showing osmeterium
The caterpillar spends the first part of its life with the appearance of a bird dropping, an effective defence against predators. As the caterpillar grows larger it becomes green with black and orange markings. The caterpillar still has a defence against predators in the form of an organ called an osmeterium which consists of retractable, fleshy projections behind its head that can release a foul smell.

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Very effective POV, Jacqueline.
The entire span of the butterfly's open wings is revealed here, showing perfect details and colours.
Well done and thanks.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-26 7:17]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
A very nice capture of a fresh specimen of P. machaon taken from a great POV to show its features with excellent sharpness and colours against a pleasing BG.
Thanks and I hope you and your family have a great birthday celebration for you father!
Best wishes,

Bonjour Jacqueline,

An excellent macro with brilliant coloration, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done done!

Hope that you enjoy your father's birthday celebration & many healthy ones to come.

Tres belle et merci beaucoup

Bon soir


hello Jacqueline
very nice composition
great colours and very good sharpness
super picture
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-26 7:40]

Hallo Jacqueline,
Super Makro mit ausgezeichneten Farben. Splendid spielst du das Makro.
Ein schönes Wochenende,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-26 7:40]

Hello Jacqueline.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Swallowtail with sharp details and lovely colours on its wings. Superb natural lighting and the subjects stand out well from the OOF BG well. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed.Best regards Siggi

Hello Jacqueline,
at first i hope you and your family have a very happy birthday celebration for your father; a splendid picture of the Old World Swallowtail taken from an excellent POV showing a pleasing perspective of the beautiful open wings, marvellous warm colours, very well composed.
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-09-26 8:22]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Beautiful and elegant butterfly ...
Composition, detail and color are great.
Have a nice weekend,

hello Jacqueline
super litted up colours in a very beautiful composition,BG and detalils fine,very fine output,beautiful photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi Jacqueline
Very nice colorfull image. Good exposure, nice blured background, quite good sharpness and interesting POV
I like it very much Nice summer time photo

Hallo Jacqueline
My compliments to a colourful and most beautiful photograph.What a delightful view. The details of both the flower and the butterfly is truly eye-catching. The combination of colours and the detail on the butterflies wings are great. A most appealing and bright and sunny sight. You have used the light well, emphasizing the wonderful selection of colours of the butterfly.Personally I feel this is your best image posted so far. All is just wonderful to look at. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards
And a very happy birthday to your father and Valerie's grandfather. It is also the birthday of my "baby" Werner who turned 25 today.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-26 9:25]

Wonderful colors, lovely details, great POV,BG,

Wonderful colors of this capture is great!
Very sharp details.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-09-26 9:48]

Hi Jacqueline,

Beautiful combination of butterfly and flower. I like the composition a lot!

Well done!


Hello Jacqueline!
Swallowtails are not rare in TN and really we have oportunity to watch them on the photo almost every week. But I must say that this presentation payed my attention because of two main reasons:
1. composition - I likepose of the insect presented from low POV. What is interesting we still can see upper side of its wings.

2. note - very long and very informative :)

TFS and have a nice evening!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-26 10:25]

Hi Jacqueline . Firstly as always you have writen interesting notes about the picture. This is a such a colourful picture of the Swallowtail which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. Your POV lets us see the open wing with all the markings. With warm colours though out. well done TFS.

Ciao Jacqueline, great capture of splendid swallowtail, lovely composition with fantastic colors, fine details and superb sharpness, great macro, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Jacqueline, great shot of this butterfly with nice point of view and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Jacqueline, lovely and great macro shot of this beautiful butterfly. Nice composition, details and POV.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-26 14:18]

Slav Jacqûelîne,
This is very nice close up with excellent sharpness,colors and taken from a great POV.Thanks for sharing and have a nice sunday.

Bonito trabajo Jacqueline y bien encuadrada la Papilio. Quizá los colores algo saturados.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

bonjour Jacqueline

une jolie photo de ce papillon, excellent POV et j'aime
de la façon dont c'est cadrer dans l'image, excellent focus
netteté et détails, jolie luminosité de l'Image, TFS


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-09-26 22:43]

Salut !
On voit énormément de Machaons sur TN, mais cette photo se démarque des autres par sa beauté - les couleurs sont tendres et belles, la composition est magnifique, la pose du papillon est superbe car on peut voir ses ailes en entier, et enfin la fleur en elle-même est très belle. Félicitations !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-27 0:52]

Hello Jacqueline,
When you open this site in the morning its very nice to see that this photo had such a great success. It deserves it.
This is a photo in great quality. Every aspect of this photo is excellent. Sharpness, details, colours, POV, composition, DOF and OOF BG are all superb.

Hello Jacqueline
excellente composition où la lumière particulair qui arrive de côté l'enrichit encore de plus. Très belle la variété de couleurs et les détails que tu as retraité nous montrant toute la beauté de cette superbe Papilio.

ciao Jacqueline!
A beautiful colorful composition
a posture of the open wings of Papilio machaon..good details and sharpness

have a nice sunday sERGIO

Bonsoir Jacqueline,
Un papillon très joli sur la Budlejia, bonne photographie. Salutations cordiales.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-27 13:58]
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Hello Jacqueline,
Excellent close-up shot of this beautiful swallowtail.
TFS and G's,

Hi MF Jacqueline,

An outstanding shot of a pretty swalowtail. It is amazingly clear and sharp, well composed and focused too.
A truly impressive capture.
TFS and have a nice night and new Week MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-28 5:38]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Un beau papillon et une image présentée avec finesse et prise d'un bel angle de vue. C'est toujours un plaisir de se trouver en face d'un Machaon, mais la lumière doit aussi être idéale pour une bonne photo. Ici tu l'avais et tu en fait bon usage ! Un bel arrière-plan aussi.
Meilleures salutations

Salut Jacqueline!
Très beau papillon, belle photo avec - à mon avis - ce Flambé - Iphiclides Podalirius - Famille Papilionidae.
Le focus est parfait.
Bonne journée

Hello Jaqueline,

a very nice diagonally shot and good pov.
Much details.
Fine warm colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-29 8:00]

Salut Jacqueline,sans doute un des plus beaux papillons de nos terres,et ta photo est parfaite pour en montrer toutes les caracteristiques.Une composition et une prise de vue de trea haut niveau,avec des couleurs excellentes et une nettete' super! Mes compliments! Luciano

another great butterfly macro, Jacqueline.
focus, POV, composition and colors very nice. thanks for sharing.
dont worry for critiques. I wish you and your father long life. have a good night

Hello Jacqueline,

Now this fellow is quite a beauty!
The silky-crisp texture in the wings is there, and the point of view works well...
Good pattern and colour reproduction, DoF spot on isolates the subject very well on the blurry background!

Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-30 2:47]

Hi Jacqueline,
superbs capture . Very beautiful colour and excellent bokeh to give a very powerful visual impact.
Brilliant sharpness with colours well retained.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-09-30 7:56]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is a wonderful capture of the beautiful Swallowtail seeking nectar on Buddleia. I love its pose and the fine sharp details and beautiful natural colours. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Jacqueline,
Well captured swallotail with good sharpness and beautiful designs on the wings.Great POV. Well done and TFS,

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-10-04 15:12]

Olá Jacqueline, uma exelente foto muito bem composta e de qualidade exelente parabéns por esta magnífica imagem.

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Du bist sehr erfolgreich in Deinen Versuchen, Falter mit der Kamera einzufangen. Ein schön komponiertes Foto, gut belichtet, in sehr lebendigen natürlichen Farben. Auch der gewählte Blickwinkel auf die Pose des scheuen Schwalbenschwanzes trägt zur Lebendigkeit des Bildes bei, man sieht, wie er Nektar saugt und hat den Eindruck, dass die Szene nur wenige Sekunden währte.
Schwierig ist es, aus Schräglage den Falter vollständig scharf abzubilden. Der Kompromiss ist hier dennoch recht gut gelungen, da die dem Betrachter zugewandte linke Hälfte scharf wiedergegeben ist. Idealerweise wäre auch noch der Kopf mit den Augen des Falters vollständig scharf wiedergegeben.
Auf Deinem Bild sind dagegen gerade die Schwänze und Augenflecken der Flügel scharf präsentiert. Das ist für mich besonders interessant, denn es scheint zu zeigen, dass Du möglicherweise unbewusst wie ein insektenfressender Vogel reagiert hast: Er sollte die Augenflecken am hinteren Ende für den Kopf halten - und die Schwänze für die Fühler, genau darauf hinzielen und im Falle seiner Attacke dem Schwalbenschwanz die Möglichkeit geben, allenfalls mit einem Stückchen Flügel weniger in die unerwartet entgegengesetzte Richtung zu fliehen.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüssen,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-14 20:41]

Hi Jacqueline,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly with lovely colours and details. Perfect light and DOF and the composition is superb. Kudos.

Kodiang 2009

Hi Jacqueline: This is one brilliant capture from dorsal pov. The details are amazing and the exposure is so well metered. The perch on lantana is beautiful in this shallow focus. Well done and best regards.

Hi Jacqueline
Beautiful cature of the ST...Freat color and composition...TFS

Bonjour Jacqueline.

l'Alsace semble pleine de ressources en matière de papillons et vous savez fort bien nous les faire admirer. Très belle composition de la photographie, avec un papillon en plein mouvement sur la fleur. Très belle netteté et profondeur de champ sur l'insecte, bien mis en valeur par un arrière plan suffisamment neutre. Les couleurs sont somptueuses.

Merci pour le partage.


Bonjour Jacqueline,

La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon de queue d'hirondelle sur la fleur. Le sujet est bien cadré. L'image est claire et nette. La bonne luminosité rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Jacqueline,
Extremely nice swallowtail shot, great compo and warm color tones. The taste of summer... Upper right wing became a bit oof, otherwise a photo to be proud of. Congrats and tfs.
Friendly regards, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-26 19:39]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is one of my favorite butterflies to photograph in the summer months. You have captured this one perfectly with wonderful detail and bright vivid colors, even your BG has gorgeous coloration to it.
Excellent exposure and great DOF make this a fine photo in anyones book!! Great work!!

Hi Jacqueline,

A very good macro with great details and coloring.
All best wishes for you father.

Best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-07 6:58]

Bonjour Jacqueline! Quelle superbe photo de papillon! La netteté est fantastique, les détails fabuleux et la qualité générale est au top, c'est très bien réussi, bravo!


Hello Jacqueline,
Very nice shot with excellent, warm colours. Perfect composition & sharpness.


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