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Papilio machaon


Large, about 8 cm in wingspan, and attractive, mainly yellow butterfly from the family Papilionidae. Black markings on forewings, black and blue ones on hindwings. There are also protruding tails and red spots on hindwings.


Found on tops of Jura mountain, above the treeline, on montane pastures and rocky terrains.

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 2 years ago

Thank you Brian; and I confirm their fast and nervous flight... But I must admit that this fella looked more than happy to "pose"; flying away and then landing again and again on the same heap of stones.

Brian38 2 years ago

Great series Zlatan! They are such fast flyers and you were able to get several awesome shots.

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Aug 26, 2019
Submitted on Aug 27, 2019

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