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Swallowtail caterpillar

Swallowtail caterpillar
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-13 11:41
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Papilio machaon (Linaeus 1758)
Family: Papilionidae

The Swallowtail is a butterfly of the family. It occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America. There are numerous subspecies.
The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name.
Wingspan: 8 to 10cm.
Flying period: at lower elevations, from March to September.
Habitat: meadows to 1,800m. (Wikipedia)

This caterpillar feeds on a wide variety of umbellifers including wild carrot (Daucus carota) like here, wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris), dill (Anethum graveolens, etc.
This caterpillar of end summer will soon become a chrysalid. It will hibernate as this form and, with a little chance, metamorphose in the spring and become a beautiful imago.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-13 11:46]

The best sharpness capture of the day!
Colors are lovely,great Swallowtail caterpillar indeed!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-13 11:46]

Hi Catherine. I do like the colours and markings on this Swallowtail caterpillar . You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail. with pastle colours. well done , TFS.

Hello Catherine
As I know to my experience and reading book that caterpillar is colorful if a its butterfly has beautiful coloration or contrary case. this is really great sample for this phrase. larva has a splendid coloration. you greatly captured it with a sharp details, great lighting and exposure. POV/DOF and composition with umbelliferan plants very nice. you already noted umbellifers as a host plant.
thanks for sharing it with a good informative notes.
have a nice week

Hello Catherine, perfect macro!
Amazing clarity overall photo. TFS this.

A superb close-up shot with excellent composition and colours.
TFS and regards,

Wonderful...I never see the caterpillar of this Swallowtail, but is lovely and beautiful.
And your shot is great.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-13 12:24]

Hello Catherine,
A wonderful capture of an almost fully grown P. machaon caterpillar. Technically first class and I like the composition with the host Wild carrot against a nice neutral BG.
Thanks and all the best,

Ciao Catherine,
une fantastique photo de cette très belle chenille, les couleurs sont splendides et j'aime l'arrière-plan nuancé, superbe netteté, excellen t composition.
Merci et félicitations
Je te suohaite une bonne nuit

Hi Catherine,

Great macro shot of the caterpillar 'in action'! Wonderful sharpness and great POV make this a wonderful capture. The contrast between the blurry BG and the bright colored caterpillar, is superbly shown.
Great composition!

Thanks for posting.
kind regards,

Hi Catherine..
Amazing macro of a caterpillar with great details and beautiful colours.
TFS. Kind regards,

Hi Catherine,

A perfect clarity and a majestic environment of artistic, beautiful whole. The caterpillar has been so well portrayed, that would not seem strange that moves and get out of the frame!




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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-13 21:54]

Hello Catherine
Wonderful capture with vivid colors and excellent details

Hy Catherine
I am very glad to see that this species leaves also in Belgium. And really hoping that this larva will survive during winter and becoming in the next spring an extraordinary butterfly. I did not know also that the colors are so strong, in fact not being a good camouflage. Excellent details , well composed.
All the best, Oana
I am very glad to see that this species leaves olso in Belgium

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-14 1:06]

Very good macro of this caterpillar!

Beautifull capture, vivid colors, nice light, sharp details and excellent BG,
TFS, best regards,

Hi Catherine

Beautiful composition of this magnificient caterpillar, great colours. Excellent sharpness and background.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-14 4:48]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une image superbe, très artistiquement présentée, qui mériterait une petite étoile verte (malheureusement je n'en ai plus), mais elle viendra probabalement. Tout est parfait ici, la netteté, les couleurs subtiles, la composition de l'ensemble et le sujet. Encore bravo!
Meilleures saluatations

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-14 7:03]

Bonjour Catherine,
Excellent catch it! Parfaitement joué. Certaines couleurs fabuleuses.
Une lumière semaines

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-14 8:32]

Hello Catherine,
Very beautiful photo in great clarity. Splendid colours. Sharpness and details are amazing. Excellent DOF.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-14 9:06]

Salut Catherine,c'est une decouverte que j'ai jamais eu la chanche de faire et une photo vraiemnt extraordinaire.La composition,la nettete' et les couleurs sont simplement fantastiques.Il y a toute ta classe dns cette photo! Mes compliments et bonne soiree',LUCIANO

Ciao Catherine, splendid caterpillar with fantastic colors, beautiful macro with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-09-14 10:07]

Hola amiga,
sobresaliente trabajo, hermosa macro,
buen foco y colores excelentes,

Merci Catherine,
Cela faisait longtemps que je l'avais rencontrée.. cette chenille si caractéristique !!
en plus elle est sur 'sa' plante...

Gran belleza plástica de esta oruga de Papilio, con interesante luz y bonitos colores, Buena foto Catherine.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Catherine,
A very good picture of this one beautiful caterpillar exceeds what it also seems a Daucus.
Salu. Ferran

hello Catherine
great composition with good light
and great sharpness
good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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