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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-09-22 1:24
Viewed: 966
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Papilio machaon, the Old World swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family, but this species is the 'original', first to go by the name). It is the type species of the genus Papilio.

Papilio machaon gorganus is strongly migratory in Europe and may be found in almost all habitats. In the UK, P. m. britannicus is an endemic subspecies, but occasionally individuals of the continental subspecies P. m. gorganus breed temporarily on the south coast. Subspecies P. m. britannicus differs from the continental subspecies in being more heavily marked in black. The Maltese Islands are home to another endemic subspecies, P. m. melitensis.

This butterfly is present throughout the entire Palearctic region, ranging from Russia to China and Japan, (including the Himalayas and Taiwan), and across into Alaska, Canada, and the United States, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.

In Asia, it is reported as far south as Saudi Arabia, Oman, the high mountains of Yemen, Lebanon, Iran and Israel. In southern Asia, it occurs in Pakistan and Kashmir, northern India.

In some countries, P. machaon and its subspecies are protected by law. Papilio machaon machaon is protected by law in six provinces of Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. The species is protected in the United Kingdom, and India.

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Easily one of the most impressive Swallowtails in the world, Marius.
Superb angle of exposure with exceptional details on the open wings.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-09-22 5:43]

Hi Marius,usually common but not this year in my country,i haven't swallowtail pics in my 2017's gallery. A very very good capture with excellent sharpness everywhere despite the diagonal perspective,well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Marius, Macaon for you too, great macroof fantastic butterfly on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-22 18:49]

Hello Marius,
The Old World Swallowtail is very pretty with its bright yellow, black, blue and orange colors and intricate markings. Photographed in a fine POV while displaying exceptional detail. What a lovely specimen.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2017-09-23 0:48]

Beautiful capture of a lovely specimen, Marius.

Wouldn't closer cropping be better in this case?

Have a pleasant weekend,


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