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Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon
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Copyright: Rimantas Kisielius (rimas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D
Exposure: f/inf, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-12 11:26
Viewed: 1817
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Swallowtail 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 (as seen in the photo). 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. The Yellow Swallowtail is one of the biggest butterflies found on the island of Crete, reaching a wingspan of up to 10cm. This very common species 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. Unlike other swallowtails, this species specialises in using plants of family Umbelliferae, like wild carrot (Daucus carota), wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and hogweeds (Heracleum spp).
- Source: Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2013-05-12 11:30]

Hai Rimas
Wow...amazing capture!
Fantastic caterpillar of Swallowtail....details, colors, all are perfect!!!
And the flower is beautiful!!!
Congratulations for this beauty!

Hello Rimantas,
What a fabulous image. Wonderful colours and sharpness with the dof just where it is required. Very well done indeed.

很可愛 色彩真是美麗

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-13 0:04]

Beautiful image of this green caterpillar on the flower...interesting composition and colors. tfs.

Hello Rimantas,
Beautiful photograph.Colour combination is really pleasure for eyes.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-13 3:06]

Hello Rimantas,
A very fine picture with lovely colours and a beautiful composition!

Hello Rimantas, This a piece of artwork. Very well done and tfs. JC

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