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|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.|
The imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65–86 millimetres (2.6–3.4 in). The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.
It can be distinguished from Papilio hospiton, which occurs sympatrically with it on Corsica and Sardinia, by the longer "tails" on the hind wings. It can be told apart from the Algerian species Papilio saharae only by counting the segments on the antennae.
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.
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Ola Jose Luis
Excellent photo of Papilio machaon, very fine details, perfect composition and very good contrast with the background
Eccellente macro di questa bellissima farfalla,grande nitidezza ottimi colori,bene la composizione,BRAVO.
- [2012-03-23 15:44]
Subtile rendering of such delicate detail, .., 3D like a capture, ..great close up, .. , really like it.
Ciao Jose Luis, great macro of fantastic papilio, wonderful colors, superb details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- [2012-03-24 12:55]
Splendid image, Jose!
Great sharpness and wonderful brilliant colours; perfect POV and nice contrast with a green background. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing
Hola Jose Luis
Excelente el POV! Buen trabajo!