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Old World Swallowtail

Papilio machaon

Description:

The imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65–86 millimetres (2.6–3.4 in).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.



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4 Comments

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 5 years ago

thank's you all!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

Beautiful..

MrJohn
MrJohn 5 years ago

Lovely little creature.

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 5 years ago

Great series, Patricia!

PatriciaPi
Spotted by
PatriciaPi

Calpe/Calp, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.65, Long: 0.07

Spotted on Jun 3, 2013
Submitted on Jun 3, 2013

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