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Common Yellow Swallowtail

Common Yellow Swallowtail
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Copyright: Lost Account (ashokmp) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 9 N: 38] (221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70 DSLR, Tokina 100-300mm F4 ATX
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-02 11:36
Viewed: 3329
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
- Had been to my brother's place "Hartford" in Connecticut. Beautiful place to visit in spring and summer season. Lot of green trees and trails to enjoy.

- Took this snap while walking along a trail, the butterfuly was mudpudelling in the warm afternoon.

[courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_World_Swallowtail]
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Tribe: Papilionini
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. machaon

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.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-02 12:22]

Hello Ashok,
Great shot,very clear photo full of colours and light.Bravo.
Regards Siggi

Hi Ashok,
nice, lively, sunny picture of this impressingly beautiful swallowtail. By the way: it is not Papilio machaon, the "Common Yellow Swallowtail", that you captured here so well drinking water at the river, but the considerably larger

"Eastern Swallowtail" Papilio glaucus.

With thanks, and best regards,

P.S.: Some useful links for identification:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_glaucus
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Eastern_Tiger_Swallowtail_Papilio_glaucus_2000px.jpg

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