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"Love torrent":) for Silvio

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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Love in Wildlife:), Goldys' Personal Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-29 0:36
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Papilio machaon (Common Yellow Swallowtail) [in Turk. Kırlangıçkuyruk]

Today, a pair in love of the one of the largest butterflies from my photographical chest. I am not sure exactly if I’ve uploaded this before “big bang”:)
Today I received this beauty as a gift from my dear Spanish friend Josep Ignasi Tejedor (jignasi). Thank you Josep! To create a “love torrent” on TN and also in thanking for his lovely dedication a few days ago, I also dedicate this to my dear Italian friend Silvio Sorcini (Silvio2006). Hope you can like this MF Silvio and can increase the number of swallowtails for next post:) hehe… I also attached a bonus, a baby (caterpillar) as a product such kind of love in WS showing its defence organ, osmeterium.

TFL and Cheers,

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


This butterfly is also known as ‘The Old World Swallowtail’ or, simply, ‘Swallowtail’ (a common name applied to all members of the family). A very large butterfly with a wingspan of 65-100 mm and a characteristic tail on the hindwing.

The upperside ground colour is light yellow. The forewing has extensive black marks, a black band in the postdiscal area and pronounced black veins. The hindwing has a wide black band, which is highlighted with blue in the postdiscal area. This band reaches the anal angle as a red ocellus. The underside is similar to the upperside, but with grey instead of black markings. The blue and red markings are larger and more pronounced. The female is similar to the male.

This species has a very wide range. It occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Eurasia and N America.

Adults start to emerge early in February (occasionally in January) and are on the wing until November, producing at least four generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Final-stage larvae have been found in December. The larval host-plants are mainly species of the Umbelliferae and Apiaceae (including Peucedanum palustre - Milk Parsley) families. Early stages of this butterfly have also been found on the following plants: Coriander, Wild Carrot, Giant Fennel belonging to Umbelliferae, and Lemon Tree and Fringed Rue from Rutaceae.

It is a common butterfly found in a wide variety of habitats and with a very wide distribution. It is observed in maquis, garigue, phrygana, forests, cultivated areas and riverbeds, from sea level to 3000 m. It is much more common in the lowlands and intermediate elevations, mainly close to crops and damp places where its main foodplant fennel thrives. The adult butterflies frequently feed at the nectar-rich flowers. The caterpillar spends the first part of its life with the appearance of a bird dropping, an effective defence against predators. As the caterpillar grows larger it becomes green with black and orange markings. The caterpillar still has a defence against predators in the form of an organ called an osmeterium which consists of retractable, fleshy projections behind its head that can release a foul smell.


1. Makris, C. (2003). Butterflies of Cyprus. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. 329 pp.
2. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
3. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-29 0:45]

Hello MF Bayram.
What a wondeful capture. Sharpness, details, composition and DOF are perfect, nice natural colors, and a great moment. You captured them at the perfect moment to make a great photo.
Best regards Siggi

Bayram hocam selamlar. Üzerine konduğu bitki dahil her bakımdan nefis bir makro. Ekteki larva da çok komik durmuş:)
Ellerinize sağlık, Saygılarımla,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-29 1:08]

Hello Bayram,
Awesome photo in very beautiful natural colours and excellent sharpness and details. Great composition, DOF, OOF BG and POV. Fantastic!

Gunaydin dayi. Vallaha cok guzel:) baslik da oyle. WS fotosu da mukemmel. Ellerine saglik. Selamlar dayi. Kib!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-29 1:13]

Bu ne güzel bir çifttir böyle üstelik "in love" halinde:)Ayrıntılar,renkler çok iyi.Silvio için de güzel bir armağan.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-29 1:23]

A "time of love" dedicated to Silvio and not at me???? This is the end of our friendship.....ehehehehhe......The pic is a great colorfest,you was lucky to meet a couple of the most beautiful butterflies mating....excellent light balance,decisive in this hard light! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Ben bu filmi sanki daha önce görmüştüm :)
Ama tekrar tekrar seyredilecek bir görsel şovdu hakkaten.
Bu haşmetli türün ilginç kavuşma anını süper bir kompozisyon içerisinde çekmişsiniz üstad.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Bayram hocam, kompozisyon, renkler, detaylar ve arka fonuyla çok güzel bir aşk sahnesi:)
Kelbekler Çorum'danmış. Aklıma o meşhur laf geldi:)
Ellerinize ve emeklerinize sağlık.
Selam ve saygılar,


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-29 1:45]

Hi Baratom Bayram,
Spolendid photo, very rare moment of this maiting Butterfly, great colors and very fine details, TFS! Have a nice dat!

Selam my dear friend,
A superb mating action capture of these beautiful common yellow swallowtails from a nice point of view. A lovely dedication for Silvio. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Bayram bro,

Superb shot! Super clarity! Nice and clear picture of this Swallowtail couple in love1 Very well done. Very well composed1


Hi Bayram,
A nicely composed shot of these two mating.
I think I've only seen on butterfly in about 6 months.
Not many around here in the rainy season.
Cheer & TFS

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-09-29 3:11]

Shalom Bayram,

Lovely double capture action-shot. Outstanding!



Bayram hocam, aşk seli çok güzel olmuş:) WS'de ki aşk ürünü de bir o kadar güzel.
Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılar,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-29 3:37]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
the colour is definitely attractive. The action is definitely hard to capture, only with luck patience and hardwork.
you did very well indeed in giving the presentation a special and outstnading.
well composed view.


Sorprendente y agradable a la vista gama de colores.
El conjunto es quilibrado pero con poco espacio a la
izquierda de la imagez... aunque eso es al gusto del autor
y cada uno tiene sus preferencias.
Buen documento de la cópula de Papilio.

Oportuno complemento a mi trabajo de ayer :-)

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

WOOOW Bayram, thans for this lovely dedication fantastic couple of wonderful butterfles in love, splendid colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, I like a lot my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao MFBBB liKe MBFSilvio! Wonderful natural colours and exciting light for this "dynamic" situation.

ps: MBFLuciano is so jealous! Ah ah!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-29 6:09]

Hello Bayram
Wonderful composition, colors and excellent details

Hocam fazla söze gerek yok. Ürün ben burdayım diyor:)
Emeklerinize sağlık.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-29 7:15]

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Biz kırlangıç kuyrukların birini zor buluyoruz sen bir de düğün merasimini çekmişsin:)Fon,renkler,komposizyon harika olmuş.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık Dostum..

Hi little bro Bayram,

another great photo from your hand.
Exellent pov, dof and details.
Razor sharp with nice bg.
Suuburp image with great dedication to Silvio.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-29 8:58]

Bayram bey selamlar,
Estetik bir çift Kırlangıçkuyruk ...
Kompozisyon, keskin detay ve renkler çok başarılı.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Merhaba, Geia sou Bayram!
No, you didn't post this fantastic shot before the "big bang", but another with the same butterfly in love (was already among my favourites). Great capture, with a fantastic composition. The blurred background and the dry plant form a beautiful contrast. I will follow your "torrent", but with a more discrete species. Good evening from your neighbour country,

hello Bayram
super picture -great details and nice pose with beautiful colours
lovely shot bayram
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-29 13:17]

Iyi aksamlar Bayram dostum,
A fine capture of a pair of P. machaon in copulo. The central composition works well and the lateral POV is perfect to show the details with excellent sharpness and natural colours against a neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good night MF,

hey Big Bro!
Look who's goin' amor amor!!!!
Love this shot, it is so well executed and presented that it will go straight into my favorites!

Hola Bayram

Bella composición de estas papilios, buenosw contrastes con el fondo, colores estupendos y buena nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Bayram hocam muhteşem bir foto. Renkler ve kompozisyon harika. Ellerinize sağlık.

Bayram..cok guze cekmissin bu sevenleri..ellerine saglik.
hepimizden selamlar.

All I can say is WOW! Beautiful colous and pin sharp, great macro shots.
Well done!

İki gönül bir olunca samanlık seyran olurmuş:)) Sizin lepidopterler de bu kuru bitkinin üzerinde gayet mutlu görünüyorlar.
Elinize sağlık,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-30 9:54]

Hello Bayram,
A very beautiful capture of this lovely pair of Swallowtails taken from a nice angle. Excellent focus on both, great sharpness and lovely natural colours against an attractive soft background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful pair with nice natural colours, fine details and excellent POV. Nice dedication!

Good title and a good man for dedication. Another image caught at the right time and of course goes without saying your notes are super.

Bayram bet selamlar,
Very nice capture of this beautiful Swalowtails(kıbrıslılar bu türü hep"Kıbrıs Kelebeği" diye bilir). Good sharp details and nice composition. TFS

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-01 20:18]

Hello Bayram,
What a beautiful pair you have captured for us today. They look very similar to our Tiger Swallowtail butterflies we have here in the US. Nicely composed image showing excellent detail and attractive natural colors.
The caterpillar photo in your WS. is equally as pleasant to view. Such a colorful little fellow. great work!!

Hello Bayram,

Fantastique couple de ces Machaons.
Une capture incroyable.
Grands détails et netteté sur un BG excellent.
Les couleurs sont si naturelles. Mes compliments.

Hello Bayram,
I see you've been photographed, many couple of butterflies, and it is not very common.
I find your work very interesting, and thank you for all these beautiful shots.
I have a weakness for the Papilio machaon.
Thank you my friend

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