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Swallowtail or Old World Swallowtail

Papilio machaon


Swallow Tail (Papilio machaon), Langnau im Emmental, Emmental, Switzerland


If you look at #4 you won't see anything beside this little irregularity in the grass. That's what I thought, something is wrong there and it was: No grass, but a wonderful Swallowtail. Tricky conditions: windy and warm, late daylight from the side, with a lot of shadows of the grass blades on the wings. But at the end I got a good shot from the side. I think it might be "our" swallowtail we released 1 week before, I remembered the missing tail on the hindwing.

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Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago


dotun55 10 years ago

I like swallowtails. I'd upload a spotting of a citrus swallowtail tomorrow :)

CoralAvery 10 years ago

Very pretty!

EvaH 10 years ago

Hope this year they will be on my Buddleja again.

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Loved the colors.

you clearly are an artist!

KarenL 11 years ago


KatCuff 11 years ago

Great job!

pamsai 11 years ago

Bayucca, unfortunately I don't have any butterflies photographed in Europe. I am Australian, living in India, and have little reason to go to Europe. Good luck with the group though, pamsai

bayucca 11 years ago

Please, join the new mission of European butterflies and moths and post all your corresponding spottings. We need a lot of people which would join the group to make it global! Thanks and best regards from Switzerland!

pamsai 11 years ago

wow, that's a lovely photo. great composition, as it he was posing for you! Remarkable subtle colours on this wonderful specimen. Beautiful.

bayucca 11 years ago

Thanks Leuba, ReeceJones and Kadavoor.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

How elegant !

DoinaRussu 11 years ago

great! the first is my favorite:)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Grate shot astonishing detail.

CourtneyVerk 11 years ago

Beautiful photo!

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Langnau im Emmental, Bern/Berne, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 7, 2011
Submitted on Jan 7, 2012

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