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Papilio Machaon-I

Papilio Machaon-I
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Copyright: yildiz banu pek (star74) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~f/5.6G
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-19 11:15
Viewed: 5355
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Superfamily: Papilionoidea

Family: Papilionidae

Subfamily: Papilioninae

Tribe: Papilionini

Genus: Papilio

Species: P. machaon

Binomial name
Papilio machaon

The Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a large butterfly of the Papilionidae family. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail and the Old World Swallowtail. It is considered as the representative species of the Swallowtail or Papilionidae family and is spread right across the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia.

This striking butterfly is yellow with black wing and vein markings and a wingspan of 8 to 10 cm. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.

The Swallowtail 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.

In South Asia it occurs in Pakistan (Baluchistan, NorthWeste Frontier Province, Chitral), and Jammu and Kashmir, Northern India (Sikkim, to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) Nepal, Bhutan and northern Myanmar.

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


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-19 11:19]

Hello Yildiz,
Ohhhh, you really "star" on this delicate capture!! Fantastic shot and a wonderful composition. The details are razor sharp and colours very beautiful. The background fits perfectly too. A masterpeice!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-19 11:23]

Hi Yildiz,
Fantastic shot of this swallowtail. Lovely colours and very sharp details. Perfect natural lighting and excellent POV and DOF. The smooth BG works wonders here. Outstanding capture. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-19 11:36]

Hi Yildiz.
What a great butterfly picture. Bravo, my friend. Superb done. Amazing pictured scene, great colours and details, excellent composition and cropping. BG is simply wonderful too. My congratulations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-19 12:00]

Hello Yildiz,
Super sharp capture of the Swallowtail in a great composition with fine neutral BG. Almost as if it were a studio shot: it looks very professional.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-19 12:25]

bonjour yildiz
fantastique image, ce papillon est vraiment photogénnique. Excellente association de couleur avec cette gerbe de blé.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-19 12:27]

Hi Yildiz,
a great capture with good DOF and composition.
Well done,

Hello Yildiz,
Very pretty capture. The side profile of this butterfly couldn't be any better. The natural warm lighting is perfect for the excellent results you have achieved. :)

Hi Ildiz, wonderful butterfly, splendid light and colors, lovely blurry BG, very well done, a great week end to you, ciao Silvio

Hello Yildiz
Excellent shot of this Swallowtail,
Perfect focusing ,sharpness and BG,
fantastic lighting and DOF,
Superb shot.


Immensely pleasing picture of a Swallowtail, Yildiz.
Great point of view, focus, details, colours and composition.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-19 13:50]

Technically perfect shot! Amazing complimentary colors in this photo with nice soft background. Outstanding details and razor sharp focus. Perfect pose of butterfly. The simplicity of the shot makes it stunning. A favorite!

nice pic, the plant is wild barley, TFS Ori

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-19 15:37]

selam yildiz ; guzel bir kelebek pozlamisin, herseyi cok hos gozukuyor tebrikler

Banu merhaba,
Süper bir fotoğraf olmuş. Netlik, kompozisyon, arka plan rengi hepsi de çok iyi. Tebrikler. Mustafa

Merhaba Yildiz,
that's a perfect shot - so sharp, so brilliant colours - such a noble butterfly.
Excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-05-19 16:32]

Stellar details. I have this lens, and I've never been as successful at either a macro or being as crisp. Nicely composed with the grass, the blurred bg and the limited color palette. Well done!

What else i can say than wow! The diffused BG , colors , pov and sharpness make this a great picture

Enfes netlik ve renkler.
Resmen size poz vermiş

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-20 1:33]

Hello Yildiz,
Wooow ! This is a lovely Papilio machaon and you caught it nicely. He stands out of the smooth background.
The "+++++" : smart composition, nice subject, pose, POV, profile, colors, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, light & exposure, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-05-20 5:06]

Extra et magnfique tout est parfaits.Bravo pour l'exposition et la grande qualité de l'image.

Hi Yildiz,
Excellent image. Well composed. Excellent background. Nice colours, etc.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-20 8:35]

Merhaba Yıldız hanım,harika netlik,kompozisyon ve BG. Gönülden tebrikler..selamlar.

Great, really great. colours and BG matched perfectly. DOF is great too.

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  • lee Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 23] (84)
  • [2007-05-20 22:07]

Hi Yildiz, wow this is a beauty for sure. A striking image. Wonderful colors and some nice detail. Background works very nicely. The butterfly is perched nicely. Good work, thanks.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-21 3:46]

What a marvellous capture, Yildiz!!
It's so perfect and beautiful!
Great sharpness, colors, lighting, POV, DOF... and excellent composition!
A real humdinger!
Congratulations and TFS.

hi yildiz!
congrat to a very nice macro
with great quality!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 11:03]

Merhaba Yildiz,
Uzun süre TN de aktif olmadığımdan bu mükemmel makroyu kaçırmışım.Her bakımdan 4/4 lük bir çalışma.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-05-29 11:53]

Hello Yildiz,
Spectacular photo of this Swallowtail. So sharp and great composition with a perfect BG. The lightning looks very natural. Superb!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-13 1:22]

selam star
bu guzel ve harika gorunumlu kirlangickuyruk=papilio machaon'a cok basarili bir yakin cekim yapmissin
favori olmayi hak etmis...
kompozisyon, bakis acisi, arka plan, derinlik hissi, renkler, netlik ve detaylar super
eline saglik

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-08-28 8:53]

Hello Yildiz,
What a fantastic shot and a wonderful composition.
Details, sharpness and lighting are perfect.
Great complimentary colors in this photo with a nice soft background.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
My best regards,

The composition is outstandig on this photo! The use of the tele granted you a simple and smooth background, complemented with this amazing swallowtail. Very well done.

Hi Yildiz,

I apologise for my long absence. The hectic pace of life leaves one little time for relaxation and hobbies.

This is sublime. The composition, the colours, the pose, the focus, in fact everything is so good. I really wish that this was my picture. Very well done.


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