Papilio machaon - detail

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 June 2012 in Plant & Nature 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.

This image is a detail of the wings of the specimen in yesterday's post. The butterfly was very calm and allowed me to come so close that I was able to take these 1/1 macro-shots of the wings. You can even see the individual scales.

Image: Visé (BE) – 17/05/2012

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very nice & amzing!
so beautiful pattern & colors!

19 Jun 2012 2:01pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm