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Old World Swallowtail

Old World Swallowtail
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-18 0:38
Viewed: 4859
Points: 32
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The Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a large butterfly of the Papilionidae family. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail and the Old World Swallowtail. It is considered as the representative species of the Swallowtail or Papilionidae family and is spread right across the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia.

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.

The Swallowtail is present throughout the entire Palearctic region through Russia to China and Japan (including the Himalayas and Taiwan) and across into Alaska and Canada. In Asia it is reported as far South as certain oases in Saudi Arabia and Oman and the high mountains of Yemen.

In South Asia it occurs in Pakistan (Baluchistan, NorthWeste Frontier Province, Chitral), and Jammu and Kashmir, Northern India (Sikkim, to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) Nepal, Bhutan and northern Myanmar.

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

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Wonderful striking capture.

Sehr schönes Photo dieses großartigen Schmetterlinges Bravo

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  • keko Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 10] (170)
  • [2007-07-18 1:38]

Good composition, but focus should have been on the eyes rather than the body, stopping down to f8 would have givena better DOF. BEautiful capture nonetheless. TFS.

hi hienz,
beautiful butterfly 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,
tfs & regards

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-18 5:20]

hi Heinz
très agréable image de ce grand papillon. Le point de vue est excellent, la netteté assez bonne (sauf tête), et la couleur bien naurelle.


An absolute beauty! Wonderful colors!


Lovely image as well. Beautiful colors that stand out in this photo. I love it. Great job.



Wonderful shot, Heinz.


Hi Heinz,
A good shot, quite detailed on body, and nicely framed by a good DOF... Marta

Booom-bang - Heinz ist mit einem Paukenschlag zurück!!! Ich freu' mich ja soooo "Dich" zu sehen - respektive diesen Augenschmauss - was hast Du für ein Glück gehabt diesen edlen Schwalbenschwanz zu sehen!
Mir fällt ein Stein vom Herzen dass Du wieder da bist. Hab' 2 Mails an Dich geschickt wo Du steckst - war besorgt weil auch Deine Homepage nicht mehr aktiv ist - dachte schon Du bist krank! Jag' mir keinen solchen Schrecken mehr ein, ok?!? Viele liebe Grüße, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Thrilled to see you back and posting your great butterfly images, Heinz.
You are the pioneer in setting very high standards in nature photography, especially of butterflies, and this one is yet another masterpiece from you.
Thanks for sharing it and all the best.

Hola Heinz,
Preciosa imagen de este bello ejemplar, excelente nitidez, con luz y fondo muy bonitos, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-20 21:53]

Hello Heinz,
Superb capture of a Swallowtail on a thistle flower showing the underside in good detail and a litle of the far wing sharply to give it some depth. Good OOF BG and fine composition.
TFS and have a good weekend,

Hello Heinz,
Wonderful colors and details in this beautiful butterfly image with great sharpness and lighting.
Composition is excellent and the background very pleasing.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

Hello Heinz

Catchup time here. I have been so busy with my new job that my time on TN has been lacking lately. A well composed image with lovely natural colours. Thank you my friend. :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-26 5:49]

Hi, dear Heinz.
My absence in the town in summer has brought sad result. I have missed large series of terrific pictures. I do not have a pardon -: ))).

You managed to photograph a very nice specimen of Swallowtail at so beautiful surroundings. Excellent rich colour palette, wonderful BG, very good details of the butterfly and flower, great POV. I like this picture so much. My best wishes and TFS.

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