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Iphiclides podalirius

Iphiclides podalirius
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-10-03 15:09
Viewed: 1539
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fourth,and the last for the moment,of my series dedicated to butterflies viewed from underneath.

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Suborder: Ditrysia

Family: Papilionidae

Subfamily: Papilioninae

Genus: Iphiclides

Species: I. podalirius

The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands. It is found in places with sloe thickets and particularly orchards. It is also called Sail Swallowtail or Pear-tree Swallowtail.It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce Swallowtail have been reported from central Sweden and the UK but they were probably only strays and not migrants. The scarcity of UK migrants is responsible for the English common name. In the Alps it can be found up to altitudes of 1600 m.In some years the Scarce Swallowtail is quite abundant. The Scarce Swallowtail is getting rarer as the blackthorn bushes are being cleared; and it is now protected in some central European countries. It is protected by law in Czech republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland. It is considered Rare-Endangered and protected in some provinces of Austria and of status Indeterminate throughout Europe.The food plant includes hawthorn bushes. The caterpillars spin little pads on leaves and grip them firmly. The newly hatched caterpillar is dark in colour with two smaller and two bigger greenish patches on the dorsal side, later they are greenish with yellowish dorsal and side stripes. The summer chrysalids are green as a rule, the hibernating ones are brown. A number of hibernating chrysalids fall prey to various enemies.

Il podalirio (Iphiclides podalirius Linnaeus, 1758) è una farfalla diurna della famiglia dei Papilionidae.Ha una livrea giallo pallida, a fasce trasversali bruno-nerastre, a forma di V dirette verso l'angolo dell'ala anteriore. In alcune varietà il colore di fondo può essere bianco e le fasce essere di un nero marcato. Ha un'apertura alare di 6.5-8 cm. Le ali posteriori hanno delle macchie ocellate arancioni e azzurre e le code sono piuttosto allungate e scure.Può avere 2-3 generazioni annue. Il bruco ha una forma che ricorda una piccola limaccia, ha il corpo verde con linee gialle ed è spesso macchiato di rosso. Si sviluppa a spese di specie arbustive e Rosaceae (come Prunus spinosa e Crataegus monogyna).E' una specie termofila con buona tendenza migratoria. Il volo avviene da marzo a settembre, nelle aree aperte e/o coltivate, ma provviste di copertura arboreo-arbustiva. La specie frequenta le foreste temperate e le pianure assolate fino a circa i 1700 m di quota, ma sta risentendo della rarefazione delle siepi in pianura. Diffusa in Europa, Africa settentrionale, Asia temperata e parte della Cina; in Italia è presente ovunque dalle zone di pianura a quelle montuose.

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Hello my friend!
Nice to appreciate another great shot of this lovely butterfly.I love this composition against the soft sky.As always this pic is very sharp and full of details.Well done!TFS

You rarely get the opportunity to shoot a butterfly from this perspective, Luciano.
Apparently, you have made the best of it in this capture.
The details on the nether wings are sharp and clear.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2016-10-03 21:23]

I do study the instrument and the setting
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds, here me think that this TOY fires flash at 1/800 sec.
Amazing perspective and well lit shot.

Ciao Luciano,
Like Ana said, great composition, we can see you took the time for an amazing click, and you did, great sharpness, nice nice nice details, well done my friend,

This rare-endangered caterpillar looks so excellent, just like in the wild with excellent details and also the colours are very well captured, the plant has great details also, a good note and POV, well done LUCIANO GOLLINI

Ciao Luciano, magnifico podalirio contro un fantastico cielo, meritevole di una platea più ampia, da applausi, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-10-04 19:29]

Hello Luciano,
Another top notch quality image from down under. Outstanding exposure and super sharp focus while displaying exceptional detail. Perfect white balance rendering true and natural colors from an eye catching composition. Well done!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-05 1:15]

Hello Luciano,
Striking photo taken from a nice POV in excellent sharpness and beautiful colors. Fine composition too.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-10-05 10:42]

Ciao Luciano

I love this very much, what a nice POV, it is an amazing shot.



Hello Luciano – Very attractive picture of this Iphiclides podalirius with an excellent, view showing us all the details of the back from the wings. Activity of the butterfly collecting the nectar on the flower properly caught.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the wings and in the same times on the small inflorescence
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso.
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness – The “from below” view is a good choice
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the wings and the proboscis in action inside the flowers
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the butterfly and the flowers
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur.


• Interesting picture with a combination of the two world (insects and flowers); very good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject inside the frame. Dynamic composition in “from below” capture.

Good informative note.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


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