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Papilio machaon (Linnaeus, 1758)

Papilio machaon (Linnaeus, 1758)
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/450 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European butterflies 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-11 5:20
Viewed: 5487
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the most beautiful butterflies in Portugal.
The Papilio machon is a ropaleocero, from the Papilionidae Papilioninae family.
It can take 60-80 cm wide long wings.
This picture shows a female. The male is smaller.
It’s a very common species in Portugal.
It has three generations in my country.
The egg is yellow laid on small groups or individually.
Their larva feeds on “Arruda in Portuguese” (Ruta chalepensis) and “Funcho in Portuguese” (Foeniculum vulgare).
Their pupa is green or brown and is on this state that this species hibernates.
It’s not a protected species in Portugal.

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Hi paulo
Very beautiful butterfly!
Good sharpness, great colour, nice composition.

Helo Paulo!
Superb shot! This b'fly is WONDERFUL!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-11 5:28]

Hello Paulo!
Perfect butterfly close up as your others.Sharpness is amazing.Details,DOF,3D effect,lighting,POV and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!TFS...:-)

Wow.. excellent close in Paulo! Strong visual impact. Lovely colours and sharp details. Very well done!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-11 6:37]

Beautiful photo with perfect composition, sharpness and very nice colors.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-11 7:11]

Wow! Beautifull indeed. Perfect sharpness and composition with yellow flowers. Slightly cut off legs but this is small nit. Great photo Paulo!

Hello Paulo
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 4/5 (legs)
In a friendly way Christophe

Well done on this capture and composition. Well detailed.

The yellows are abit "hot"


These warm yellow tones perfectly suit with the Machaon. Once again, excellent DOF and sharpness, a great shot Paulo.

Nice shot, the POV could be a little bit larger to avoid legs cut.
TFS, Laurent

Wonderful shot Paulo,
Well composed, good detail, stunning colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, good POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Very nice shot Paulo,
The composition is nice, but I miss a piece space unther the leggs, now it is cutting of, the sharpnes is fantastic, the colours are good the pov is very nice and the dof is great, I have seen much noise, so I made a WS, I hope you like it, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Good sharp details and good controlled exposure in that harsh sun. Good DOF. Pity you just missd the bottom of the legs. Still a good shot though.

Yes, this is an very beautiful butterfly. Wonderful picture, thanks that we can see this picture.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2005-07-11 17:27]

Oi Paulo!
Muito linda fotografia.Parabens and thanks:)
Best Regards,

well done nice shot with good colours

That is a beautiful butterfly. Amazing color in this photo, and very sharp detail. A perfect OOF backround with those puffs of yellow flowers. EXCELLENT!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-11 19:52]

Excellent shot Paulo,
Great colours,excellent detail and very good DOF.
Very well captured.


Excellent shot! really, really 5*! ;-)
I like a lot, the colors -all are yellow- are superb.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-12 3:34]

WOOOOW ! Direct in my favorites ! Wonderfulful and interesting shot for this superb butterfly ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are excellent ! Congratulations Paulo and thanks for sharing.

Excellent shot Paulo, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Very well done, thanks for sharing

Paulo, this is a great picture.
I especially like the sharpness and DOF - it is great.
TFS - Shir

Hi Paulo,
After a visit of your gallery, I am very impressed of the nice pictures you post on TN.
I like this one for the perfect composition and colors.
Well done


Returning the favor for critiquing one of mine. This photo is the one that caught my attention from your portfolio. I like the crisp detail and the fact that you used a small depth-of-field to bring out this beautiful butterfly. The wing patterns are naturally contrasting, and you captured it nicely. Well done.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-13 2:45]

Hola Paulo.
Bonito ejemplar, colores vivos y buenos contrastes,excelente composicion.

Hi, Paulo.
Very nice butterfly. Excellent sharpness, colors and details. Very nice background.

Hi Paulo

Very good details. Lovely light and colour. Great POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Very nice work. Thanks.

Hi Paulo, this is a realy very beautiful butterfly.
Thh image is excellent, so clear with nice colors.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-12 16:20]
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Hello Paulo , This is a very beautifull photo from the butterfly , beauty colours sharpnes compositie details
pov and dof ,very good job ,Greetings Teunie .

very goog makro. Nice colors and good sharpness. Ok is composition. Very good

Very good shot but in my opinion too much yellow ;-D
Well done - keep on going ;-)


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  • hvdp Silver Star Critiquer [C: 24 W: 1 N: 3] (210)
  • [2006-06-27 15:52]
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Great DOF and sharpness. I like the light and colors.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-06-29 6:43]
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Czesc! kolejne wspaniale zdjecie! piekny okaz! gratuluje!!

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