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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 8 years ago


dotun55 9 years ago

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

CoralAvery 9 years ago

Very pretty!

EvaH 9 years ago

Hope this year they will be on my Buddleja again.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Loved the colors.

you clearly are an artist!

KarenL 9 years ago


KatCuff 9 years ago

Great job!

pamsai 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

Thanks Leuba, ReeceJones and Kadavoor.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

How elegant !

DoinaRussu 9 years ago

great! the first is my favorite:)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Grate shot astonishing detail.

CourtneyVerk 9 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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