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Common Yellow Swallowtail [Old World Swallowtail]

Papilio machaon

Description:

Yellow wings with black vein markings. Wings are shaped like swallowtails with red eye spots just below each tail.

Habitat:

Occurs in the Palearctic region in Europe, Asia and North America. Found in multiple habitats, at lower elevations in gardens to higher elevations in alpine meadows and hillsides.

Notes:

Photographed on top of the Eagle's Nest [Kehlsteinhaus] in Germany. This butterfly is a male who was praticing the art of 'hilltopping'. This involves congregating near summits to compete for passing females.

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3 Comments

Alex Pope
Alex Pope 9 years ago

Thanks! :)

cormoros75
cormoros75 9 years ago

Beautiful shots!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Beautiful!!

Alex Pope
Spotted by
Alex Pope

Berchtesgaden, Bayern, Germany

Spotted on Jul 27, 2012
Submitted on Aug 2, 2012

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