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Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon
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Copyright: Grosu Lucian (Luke) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 10] (44)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 13:13
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Points: 2
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Distribution: All Europe and N Africa except the UK where it is restricted to a very small part of E England in Norfolk Broads.

Identification: Its large size and bright yellow colour mean it is can only be confused with the other Swallowtails. The present species is by far the most widespread and usually most common.

Flight time: Number of broods varies with location. Single brooded in the UK (May, June), triple brooded in the south (from as early as February until autumn).

Habitat: Diverse although tends to be associated with damper places further north in its range. The larvae use many species of the Umbelliferae (Carrots) and Rutaceae (Rues).

Behaviour: Range widely, often found singly well away from likely breeding grounds (e.g. in the mountains or extremely dry hot barren places). Frequently hill-top, the practice of males congregating at the top of a hill where they circle each other and sail on the updrafts.

The specimens from Norfolk, UK have narrower forewings. Speculation is that this prevents individuals migrating away from the restricted breeding grounds and being lost to the colonies. In the rest of Europe they are wide ranging, often observed travelling purposefully through a habitat or area. Often they are seen in towns and cities presumably passing through during dispersal.

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Buna Lucian
Ma intreb daca nu puteai obtine o altfel de imagine folosind la maxim lentila (cea mai mica val pt f: 4 - ca sa ai fundalul cat mai blurat mai puternic).Dar ce comentez atat, nici eu nu am reusit sa izolez perfect fluturele fata de fundal - l-am fotografia si eu in primavara asta. Insa si asa, o imagine destul de buna, fluturele e foarte bine conturat , in culori puternice, naturale.
Toate cele buna,

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