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Scarce Swallowtail

Scarce Swallowtail
Photo Information
Copyright: Seyfi Karaman (KOMSIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-10
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies from Turkey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-26 2:14
Viewed: 3296
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Iphiclides podalirius, Linnaeus 1758
Scarce Swallowtail - Pear-tree Swallowtail

Turkish Name : Erik Kırlangıçkuyruğu Kelebeği

World Distribution : All Europe, including Mediterranean-North Africa and Central Asia countries live.

Living Area : Remove from 0-1500 meters. Usually, around fruit trees and wooded areas and this neighborhood can be seen on the flowers. In the inner city parks and gardens and the grounds are often visited.

Flight time : During the months of March and October flies...

Food Plants of the caterpillar : Apple type (Prunus, Pyrus, Malus, Sorbus, Crataegus) plants.

Description-Notes : Scarce Swallowtail is one of the largest butterflies from Europe.
Sex differences: None
Wingspan : Male: 76 - 82mm
Female: 80 - 86mm

Source: http://www.leptr.110mb.com/dizintr.htm


Nikon Nikkor AF 24-85 F:2.8-4 D IF
Aperture: 11
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO: 100
Focal Length:85 mm
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-26 2:22]

Hi Seyfi,a very lucky and beautiful capture! What a fantastic point of view and what a great sharpness and colors!I like a lot the perfect contrast whit the brown background too.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Seyfi,
a very beautiful picture of the Scarce Swallowtail talken from an ecellent POV to show perfectly the open wings, very good sharpness and splendid colours in a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-06-26 3:12]

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful pose wings are spread and visible very sharp. Against blurred BG look very well.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Seyfi,

Excellent shot this! Nice sharp and bright image with great background! Very nice composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-26 5:07]

Hello Seyfi,
A very good shot of the butterfly. very good colours and detail.sharp focusing.a nice top POV. very well done TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Seyfi
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-26 5:41]

Merhaba Seyfi,
another lovely btterfly shot from you. Well spreaded wings which gives the natural beauty and excellent sharpness.
the light really makes this one so glow and shines.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-26 7:54]

Hello Seyfi,
A superb portrait of I. podalirius, perfectly posed against an OOF natural BG to show its open wings with fine sharpness. The central composition is ideal here too.
Thanks and best wishes,

Merhaba Seyfi,

This is a beautiful capture of this Swallowtail butterfly with excellent colors, sharpness and details. Great POV & well done. TFS.

Salam & Regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-26 8:21]

Hello Seyfi,
A lovely sharp capture of this beautiful Swallowtail! Very sharp and the colours are beautiful and stand out against the fine background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello Seyfi
imposing beautiful subject and colours with one very good BG and the small note of branch one splendid macro photo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-26 10:13]

Hello Seyfi,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly. Great isolation from the BG. Good POV, sharpness and natural contrasting colours. Nice composition.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-26 10:23]

Hello Seyfi
Wonderful capture with excellent details and beautiful colors.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-26 13:13]

Hi Seyfi. You have taken a fine close up of this beautiful looking butterfly. Which you have taken with fine detail and natural colours. I like the POV . It stands out well from the plain BG. Well done TFs.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2009-06-26 14:16]

Basarili kelebek makrosu..sizi kutlarim Seyfi bey..Elinize saglik

Merhaba Seyfi bey dorsal bakış açısından enfes bir erik kırlangıçkuyruk karesi olmuş.
Elinize sağlık. İyi bir hafta sonu dileklerimle.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-26 16:39]

Hi Seyfi,

You captured this Swallowtail at just the right time in a magnificent position showing off its unique shape. The colors and details are excellent. I love the background and the centered composition.


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-06-27 8:10]

Hello Seyfi.
The pattern on the wings reminds me a white tiger.
Very nice POV and BG.
Well done.

Hello Seyfi
a fine image of this Scarce Swallowtail taken from a great POV with open wings pose, beautiful sharp details, wonderful 3D effect against the blurred brown BG
have a nice sunday

merhaba seyfi bey,
çok güzel bir kırlangıç kelebeği
elinize sağlık.

This is like perfection itself, Seyfi!
Very well presented macro!

Ciao Seyfi. An important taken in very interesting natural colours anf very good sharp. TFS.


Ciao Seyfi, splendid butterfly with fantastic details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-29 8:17]

Merhaba Seyfi !

Büyük makro.
Mükemmel yapılan oynadı.

Güzel bir gün,

Çok güzel bir tür, ayrıca fotoğraf da türün güzelliğine nazare yapracasına güzel.
Ellerinize sağlık...

Seyfi merhaba,çok çok güzel bir makro çekim.Detaylar ve ışık harika.Sanki dalda sallanıyor gibi,temiz artalan ile nefis bir çekim,ellerine sağlık :)

Hello Seyfi !
I wish I could meet this wonderful butterfly some day, in the meantime I content myself with looking at pictures from him - and this one is really excellent. Excellent sharpness and details, natural colors, beautiful blurred BG, great pose of the butterly and nice POV. Maybe I would have left some more space under the butterfly, but this is just my own opinion. Very well done !

Merhaba Seyfi bey.
Ne kadar ilginc kanatlari var...Cok guzel ve detaylar mukemmel gorunuyor, verdiginiz bilgiler egitici...Ellerinize saglik, Londra dan saygilar selamlar...Paylasim icin tesekkurler...

hello Seyfi
great picture
with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Merhaba Seyfi!
First of all thank you for comment to my picture, nice to hear that you like it :)
This is a great capture of I. podalarius, a species known also from Poland (but it is protected and very rare here).
I like composition, clarity and very good DOF. The only thing I would like to change is to keep a little more free space below insect.
Best regards,

PS. I looked at your gallery where I found many nice insect pictures, please be sure that very soon I will come back with much more comments soon :>

Hello Seyfi

Very beautiful macro of this butterfly in his
acrobatic pose, with fine POV to show its
beautiful patterns, lovely warmer light,
great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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