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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D 610, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-21 15:08
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family). It is the type species of the genus Papilio and occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.

This butterfly is present throughout the entire Palearctic region, ranging from Russia to China and Japan, (including the Himalayas and Taiwan), and across into Alaska, Canada, and the United States.

In Asia, it is reported as far south as Saudi Arabia, Oman, the high mountains of Yemen, Lebanon, and Israel. In southern Asia, it occurs in Pakistan and Kashmir, northern India (Sikkim, to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh), Nepal, Bhutan, and northern Myanmar.

This butterfly is widespread in Europe. In the United Kingdom, it is limited to a few areas in the Norfolk Broads of East Anglia. It is the UK's largest resident butterfly. The Monarch Danaus plexippus is slightly larger, but is only a rare vagrant.

As P. machaon is widespread throughout Eurasia and often common, it is not threatened as a species. It is listed as "Vulnerable" in the South Korean and Austrian Red Data Books, and in the Red Data Book of the former Soviet Union.

In some countries, P. machaon and its subspecies are protected by law. Papilio machaon machaon is protected by law in six provinces of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. The species is protected in the United Kingdom, and subsp. verityi is protected in India.

The butterfly has a strong and fast flight, but frequently pauses to hover over flowering herbs and sip nectar. It frequents alpine meadows and hillsides, and males are fond of 'hilltopping', congregating near summits to compete for passing females. At lower elevations, it can be seen visiting gardens.

Unlike other swallowtails, this species specialises in using plants of family Umbelliferae, females laying eggs singly. Milk parsley Peucedanum palustre (also known as marsh hog's fennel) is normally the only food plant used by the caterpillars of the British subspecies. The food plants of the swallowtail in Europe, Asia, and North America are more varied than in the UK. It uses a wide variety of umbellifers including wild carrot Daucus carota, wild angelica Angelica sylvestris, fennel Foeniculum vulgare, and hogweeds Heracleum spp. In the Maltese Islands, the caterpillar feeds on plants such as rue Ruta chalepensis and fennel Foeniculum vulgare.

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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-21 15:10]

Hi Marius,a top class pic showing us one of the most beautiful butterflies of our countries but very rare till now in mine,the usual absolute perfection of detail and colors in the best exposure,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Swallowtail is one of the most beautiful butterflies in the world and you have done justice to its beauty through this outstanding capture of it, Marius.
With its lovely wings fully open, the butterfly seems to be suspended in the air. The effect is accentuated by that remarkable DOF you have obtained.
Thanks and regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-04-21 19:24]

Hello Marius,
You must be very pleased with this stunning image. Picture perfect and of the highest quality. The OLD WORLD SWALLOWTAIL is definitely an attractive butterfly which you have captured in this eye pleasing photo. Detail is superb, colors true and natural and I love the clean BG. Awesome presentation!!

Ciao Marius, great macro of fantastic butterfly, beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my frend, ciao Silvio

Great lights and details indeed useful note well done MARIUS SECAN

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-04-22 4:45]

Hello Marius,
A striking specimen, fresh and shown with fine colors and in a good slightly diagonal composition.
Thanks! Anne

Hello Marius!
A perfect shot of this beautiful butterfly with razor sharp details and excellent sharpness. A superb blending sort of BG. Well done, Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hi Marius,
splendid butterfly in a wonderful portrait. We see every detail and the colours are very bright.
best regards

Hello Mr.Marius,
Beautiful butterfly.Well presentation.I like well managed BG.Good sharpness and colour.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-04-22 7:03]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic macro in all aspects. And of one of the most beautiful butterflies there is. Excellent sharpness, details and splendid natural colours. Great DOF and blurred background. Exciting composition.

Hello Marius,
照的清晰 很漂亮的蝴蝶
顏色鮮豔華麗 照的色彩很接近自然原色
不會覺得很突兀 一種質感美麗 天然的味道
光線優美柔和 真的很美麗耐看 構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-04-22 9:27]

Hi Marius,
Nice close-up of this one of the most beautiful Europe's butterflies. Amazing colors with sharpness details and very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

Salut Marius,o fotografie superba,cum de altfel ne-ai obisnuit.
Lumina buna.

Hi Marius,
Nice pic of a beautiful butterfly.


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