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Old World Swallowtail

Papilio machaon


The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) 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). May be Papilio machaon hippocrates as that is the species found in Japan, according to Wikipedia


Seen in Kijimadaira Yamabikonooka Park at 700m in the mountains behind Nakano, Japan.

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pamsai 5 years ago

thanks for that bayucca.

bayucca 5 years ago

Pam, you still have the description of Papilio demoleus...

pamsai 5 years ago

Oh yes Shekai, you are right! Now I can see the line of blue. Well done! I'll change it... And thanks for the compliment!

Hi, big Sis, you have a lot of beautiful butterfly spottings. The 5th photo gives me a feeling that this is an Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) .

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中野市 (Nakano), 中部 (Chubu Region), Japan

Lat: 36.77, Long: 138.40

Spotted on Sep 13, 2013
Submitted on Feb 7, 2014

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