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Scarce Swallowtail

Scarce Swallowtail
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-22 10:44
Viewed: 3059
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Iphiclides podalirius L., 1758
Family: Papilionidae
Common names: Scarce Swallowtail [En], Flambé [Fr], Segelfalter [De], Podalirio [It], Kardoslepke [Ma], Koningspage [Nl], Erik kırlangıçkuyruğu [Tu], Paź żeglarz [Po], Coada rândunicii [Ro]

It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts.
The forewings are white or yellowish and have a black margin. Nearby the body is a little black area. Between these opposites there are five tiger-strips. The long strip in the middle has a light-coloured core.
The underside is a copy of upside, but there are some differences. The black band on the margin is a fine strip there. The next tiger-strip is filled out white or yellowish. The long strip in the middle has a clear light-coloured core there.
Its scientific name consists of two minor figures of greek mythology: Ificles (Ιφικλής), twin brother of Heracles (Ηρακλής), and Podaleirios (Ποδαλείριος), son of Asclepios (Ασκληπιός, the god of medicine).
The Scarce Swallowtail is registered on the Red List of endangered species of several countries.
Photo taken on Ikaria island, on a shrub of Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus).

Scarce Swallowtail, Wikipedia

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-03-22 10:50]

Beautiful insect- flower composition, Catherine.

Great clarity and lovely colors. Excellent shot!

Thank you for sharing this one and best regards,


Hello Catherine
Very good image of this swallowtail butterfly, in bright sun.You were lucky to see it and of course, to photograph it.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-22 11:08]

Bonsoir Catherine,
Une superbe composition d'une macro excellent, félicitations.
POV exceptionnelle avec une gamme de couleurs magnifiques.
Salutations amicales,

Ciao Catherine. Great POV for this meadows queen. The best DOF with intrigant transparencies on his fantastic colours. Impressive details on eye.


hello Catherine
super picture with great details and nice pose on this flower
beautiful colours and nice light
greeting lou

Hello Catherine,
This butterfly is beautiful, but photographed by you, is even more beautiful! ... seem to want to pose for this photo! Great combination of foreground and background, although are medium bllurred int background, this continues having adequate forms to maintain a sense of atmosphere in the photo, very interesting! The cut nearly equilateral is exquisite! good job!
TFS, regards,

Hi Catherine,

Excellent POV
Perfect sharpnes with beautiful details and colors
I love the light

TFS Thijs

Hello Catherine, great close up shot of this swallowtail on a beautiful flower with wonderful composition.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Catherine
Voilà un papillon splendide, belle angle de vue et très belle composition et couleurs, j'aime beaucoup

Merhaba ve Günaydın Sevgili arkadaşım Cathy,

Impressive capture of this scarce swallowtail. The focus looks nice and precise. The details and patterns seem to stand out well!
TFS and have a nice day!


Bonjour Catherine. Encore une fois tu t'es servie de ton Canon de façon magistrale. Superbe papillon que l'on rencontre de plus en plus rarement chez nous. Merci. Rudy

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-22 23:58]

Hi Catherine
For me, this is the most beautiful butterfly1
Great capture, lovely details, position is amazing.
I like the flower too1

Ciao Catherine, lovely composition with fantastic Scarce Swallowtail on a splendid flower, excellent sharpness, fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

bonjour Catherine
superbe image de Machaon, joli point de vue qui nous montre bien sa longue queue,
la netteté ne pourrais être mieux, que se soit sur le papillon ou sur cette adorable fleurs rose, le tout baigné d'une magnifique luminosité
du beau travail

Hı Catherine, wonderfull.TFS

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