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Old World Swallowtail

Papilio machaon


Butterfly 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.


This year I have seen them more often here in Belgium. These were atracted to a Butterfly-bush (Buddleja davidii), whose flowers are relished by several species of butterflies. Oud Heverlee.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Yes, it does not stop to amaze me the colors :-)

dotun55 8 years ago

Beautiful sideview

mendes.madalena 8 years ago

cool :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks Madalena! I have swicthed the fourth to first position because you are right, it is nicer to show the color contrasts in the butterfly :-)

mendes.madalena 8 years ago

very beautiful, the 4th is my favorite :)

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Oud-Heverlee, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium

Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Aug 15, 2013


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