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Papilio machaon larva

Papilio machaon larva
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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, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-04 8:01
Viewed: 1921
Points: 4
[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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Wonderful image with nice colors


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-05 5:37]

Hi Rimantas.
Pictured scene is amazing. Location by a circle of a beautiful caterpillar in a flower heart is very attractive. However, I have not suppose that this specimen is so small. I have met (unfortunately only once) more large insect of the species. Colours of the main subject and BG are also wonderful. T=FS and best wishes.\

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