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Papilio machaon

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 June 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Papilio machaon (NL: Koninginnenpage / EN: Old World Swallowtail / DE: Schwalbenschwanz / FR: Machaon, Grand porte-queue) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. It is the type species of the genus Papilio and occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name. The imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65–86 millimetres. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot. The butterfly has a strong and fast flight, but frequently pauses to hover over flowering herbs and sip nectar.

Image: Visé (BE) – 17/05/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/5.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Mon préféré celui-ci ; j'attends qu'il arrive dans mon jardin !

18 Jun 2012 7:16am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

5* Johan!
Ik wens je een fijne dag.

18 Jun 2012 7:40am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice!!!!
so beautiful colors!

18 Jun 2012 8:51am

Anna from Somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Héél mooi vastgelegd, Johan!
Prachtige kleuren en scherpte.

18 Jun 2012 8:55pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Wow! Excellent!

19 Jun 2012 6:18pm

marceline from tournai, Belgium

very beautiful..

11 Jul 2012 4:55pm

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butterfly by philippe

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm