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Larva of Papilio machon

Larva of Papilio machon
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/8, 1/79 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caterpillars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-12 4:17
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the larva of a very beautiful species of butterfly: Pappilio machon. It grows till 5 cm long. The larvas feeds on Funcho (Foeniculum vulgare), also known as Sweet fennel in english, where this picture was taked. But they have other foodplants also, like Cicuta virosa, Carum carvi, Trinia, Laserpitium, Pimpinella saxifraga, Aegopodium podagraria, Anethum graveolens, Angelica silvestris, A. archangelica, Levisticum officinale, Peucedanum, P. palustre, Pastinaca sativa, Heracleum sphondylium, Daucus, D. carota, Heracleum, Ferula, Dictamnus albus, Ruta and Haplophyllum.
This butterfly has the common name in Portugal "Papilio cauda-de-andorinha" because the apendices on the wings. In english is kowm as Swallowtail.
The green color dotted with black and orange dots it's very beautiful on this larva.
When it feels danger it raises twoo orange "horns" on the head and takes a very agressive appearence.

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Great photo, superior colors, clarity and POV.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-12 19:21]

Paulo Henrique, esta foto é muito bonita.

Excelente cores e nitidez, além de um belo enquadramento.


Great image. Good composition and POV. Exposure is correct. Nice work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-14 4:01]

Belle chenille bien mis en valeur dans cette composition photographique agréable. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Beautiful caterpillar ! Interesting & well done shot !

The colours are absolutely impressive!. Excellent focusing and great precision in the note!

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-06-18 10:14]

Nice colours for this caterpillar. Good shot.
For me, the image is a little bit small, can you make others up to 800x600?

Hi Paulo - good macro of a nice caterpilar ;-) Beautifull colors, good DOF and we can see many details. Well done !

Paulo this is a very good photo, even if the background wall is not the best, you managed to take a very detailed photo of the larva and got a good DOF. Well done! TFS Iris

Paulo, all your butterflys are wonderful. But I like this picture most of them. So cleare and bright.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-01-24 3:42]

Hola Paulo.
Muy buena foto,hermosos colores y detalles, no me habia percatado de esta bella foto-macro.

Hi Paulo!
Great macro! Beautiful colors, composition, perfect POV, DOF and details. Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-15 19:02]
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Hello Paulo,
This is an excellent capture.
Very nice detail,great colours and very good DOF.
I dont know how I missed this one.
A great shot!


Fantastic larva shot, Paulo! The colours are very interesting and the information is quite useful. Great composition and POV. TFS

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-04-25 0:29]
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Nice capture, Paulo! You found a nice larva and the composition is beautiful with this green! Good sharp details and colours!
obrigado por compartilhar!

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