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Iphiclides podalirius

Iphiclides podalirius
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-23 8:54
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Points: 30
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Suborder: Ditrysia

Family: Papilionidae

Subfamily: Papilioninae

Genus: Iphiclides

Species: I. podalirius

The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is a butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands. It is found in places with sloe thickets and particularly orchards. It is also called Sail Swallowtail or Pear-tree Swallowtail.It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce Swallowtail have been reported from central Sweden and the UK but they were probably only strays and not migrants. The scarcity of UK migrants is responsible for the English common name. In the Alps it can be found up to altitudes of 1600 m.In some years the Scarce Swallowtail is quite abundant. The Scarce Swallowtail is getting rarer as the blackthorn bushes are being cleared; and it is now protected in some central European countries. It is protected by law in Czech republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland. It is considered Rare-Endangered and protected in some provinces of Austria and of status Indeterminate throughout Europe.The food plant includes hawthorn bushes. The caterpillars spin little pads on leaves and grip them firmly. The newly hatched caterpillar is dark in colour with two smaller and two bigger greenish patches on the dorsal side, later they are greenish with yellowish dorsal and side stripes. The summer chrysalids are green as a rule, the hibernating ones are brown. A number of hibernating chrysalids fall prey to various enemies.


Il podalirio (Iphiclides podalirius Linnaeus, 1758) è una farfalla diurna della famiglia dei Papilionidae.Ha una livrea giallo pallida, a fasce trasversali bruno-nerastre, a forma di V dirette verso l'angolo dell'ala anteriore. In alcune varietà il colore di fondo può essere bianco e le fasce essere di un nero marcato. Ha un'apertura alare di 6.5-8 cm. Le ali posteriori hanno delle macchie ocellate arancioni e azzurre e le code sono piuttosto allungate e scure.Può avere 2-3 generazioni annue. Il bruco ha una forma che ricorda una piccola limaccia, ha il corpo verde con linee gialle ed è spesso macchiato di rosso. Si sviluppa a spese di specie arbustive e Rosaceae (come Prunus spinosa e Crataegus monogyna).È una specie termofila con buona tendenza migratoria. Il volo avviene da marzo a settembre, nelle aree aperte e/o coltivate, ma provviste di copertura arboreo-arbustiva. La specie frequenta le foreste temperate e le pianure assolate fino a circa i 1700 m di quota, ma sta risentendo della rarefazione delle siepi in pianura. Diffusa in Europa, Africa settentrionale, Asia temperata e parte della Cina; in Italia è presente ovunque dalle zone di pianura a quelle montuose.

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Ciao Luciano, uno spettacolo questo farfallone, mi ricordo ancora il primo che hai postato :), dalle mie parti è molto comune, ma anche se ne ho centinaia di foto non resisto, è troppo bello, magnifica macro con fantastica ambientazione, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-23 12:26]

Hello Luciano,
Surprising photo of this butterfly taken from an unusual POV. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours.

Bonsoir Luciano,

La fleur aide à cadrer le papillon. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails du papillon le Flambé. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Bonsoir mon ami de la nuit
ce n'est pas facile de photographier un papillon sous cet angle, mais c'est tellement rare de voir les ailes de dessous, très beau cadrage et POV, la fleur et la Flambé sont très nets
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Luciano,
it's great to see this beautiful butterfly, its very rare up here.
A nice POV, not often we see the under-wings. The picture is well exposed, you managed the fillin flash well.
Sharp with fine details and nice natural colours.
Well done, mf.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-24 3:40]

Hello Luciano,
Fine close up of the butterfly. nice detail and colour ,with good compostion.TFS. well done.Regards Sigi

Hi Luciano

Different POV to present this swallowtail. Background Sky brings perspective but also merges the wings a bit in the BG. Maybe next time only with Green BG :)


A daring frontal POV which you have pulled off with great success, Luciano.
It gives us the rare view of its nether wings fully open with decent colours and details on them.
Hope to see the other side of its wings in open position in your forthcoming posts.

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly and well captured. Nice color and good sharpness too. Nice flower too....
Thanks for sharing,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2015-06-24 12:26]

Bonsoir Luciano,

Superbe capture de ce Flambé, personnellement j'en ai jamais rencontré ici.
Il est beaucoups trop rare, j'aime bien le pov original.
Les détails des ailes et les magnifiques couleurs , tout est parfait.
Merci pour le partage et a bientot.

ciao Luciano,
quelle belle foto de ce papillon avec de beau détails et bien cadré.

hallo Luciano
great picture with nice light and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-06-27 9:34]

Ciao Luciano,
Very nice shot ..
Very nice photo of this The Scarce Swallowtail in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Luciano,

excellent image of this butterfly, the composition with the flower is beautiful, congratulations!

Best regards,


Hello Luciano

Great Macro of this butterfly over its flower, you was at the best time to have it over
its flower with that frontal POV where we can see the underparts of the butterfly, TFS


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