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Papilio machaon #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 23 October 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: Viroinval (BE) – 11/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sophie from Fournets Luisans, France

beautiful !

23 Oct 2012 6:12am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Schitterend !

23 Oct 2012 7:17am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


23 Oct 2012 8:57am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wunderbar !

23 Oct 2012 5:20pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

great great shot !
well done johan

23 Oct 2012 7:18pm

christine from schoten, Belgium

Staat bovenaan in de hitparade!

24 Oct 2012 1:37pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/60 second
ISO 200
150 mm