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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: 2016-04-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-12 8:47
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Points: 22
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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, sempre fantastico il podalirio, mi ricordo ancora il primo che hai postato, questo è leggermente più fresco, bellissima macro, ottimi dettagli, splendida luce, nitidezza super e magnifici colori, 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)
  • [2016-04-12 10:23]

Ciao Luciano,
Fantastic macro of this butterfly in superb sharpness and details. Light and colors are marvelous. Taken from a very good POV.

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful swallowtail butterfly; well captured even in unfriendly situation. Natural color Anne nice angle.
Thanks for sharing,

ciao Luciano
une magnifique composition, bonne gestion des détails et des couleurs.
Bonne sooirée

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-12 17:35]

Hello Luciano,
You photographed this pretty swallowtail from an attractive low POV. The detail is excellent showing off it's lovely wings in fine fashion. I really like the BG with those tiny red and white buds appearing sporadically throughout the frame. Wonderful shot!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-04-13 11:10]
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Bonsoir Luciano,
Chez vous les flambés volent déjà! Très belle image de ce papillon très élégant montré dans un environnement bien naturel.
Bonne soirée

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2016-04-14 7:55]

Ciao Lucinao,
A spring butterfly ..
Nice macro of lovely butterfly. Good sharpness, fine details and spring natural colors.
Best wishes,

what a beautiful capture.
nice detail.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-17 7:53]

Hi Luciano,
A very nice close-up of this Swallowtail. Amazing colors with nice composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano

Great macro with fine POV, very beautiful light and color tones,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hello Luciano
This is a fabulous shot of this Scarce Swallowtail. The colours are just brilliant! Love the composition with the blue sky in the background. Tac sharp and excellent DOF.
Great notes too.
TFS Janice

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