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    Common Yellow Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
    (also known as Old World Swallowtail)

    kingdom: Animalia, phylum: Arthropoda, subphylum: Hexapoda, class: Insecta, order: Lepidoptera, family: Papilionidae

    This is my most perfect depiction of this species' wings, to date. I found this marvellous specimen, with flawless wings, basking in the rays of the autumn sun, perched atop a Sea Squill (Urginea maritima).

    Best viewed On Black, Large

    Click here for more photos of the same species in my photostream.

    Sabinche, m. geven, Jazz Girl, and 98 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. martin.degiorgio 85 months ago | reply

      nice photo great shot!!!!

    2. Mio Miau 83 months ago | reply

      Here, in Brazil, in the gardens of the cyties is very common the Heraclides thoas: www.saturniidae-breeder.de/images/thoasmalek.jpg

    3. Melusine77 82 months ago | reply

      Congratulations! Your photo has made it to the end of Top 20 Butterfly/Moth.

    4. larsvandegoor.com 81 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    5. Demco27 76 months ago | reply

      F a n t a s t i c !
      The magic of nature

    6. Shawn Wainwright 74 months ago | reply

      Awesome Blues on this Butterfly!
      You've been invited to join us at



      Butterfly Blues

    7. Claire DeLand ~ "GA Music Maker" 71 months ago | reply

      Quite Beautiful!!!!

      I love your photos and I would love to see you add all or any of them to the "Swallowtail Butterflies" group, if you haven't already done so!!!

      Swallowtail Butterflies

      Male Tiger Swallowtail
      You are invited to add your photos of Swallowtail Butterflies (in any form from ova to pupa to Butterfly) to Swallowtail Butterflies

      PLEASE tag your photo "Swallowtail Butterflies" Thanks!

    8. Crooklyn949 69 months ago | reply

      You take gorgeous photos

    9. kenkeener1621 66 months ago | reply

      Very nice color and very well centered.
      Please take a look at my butterfly photos.

    10. Malik-esque 61 months ago | reply

      I have yet to see these!

    11. Light ᶤˢ ᵒᶠᶠ [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nature's Jewels [Admin invite only], and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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      Seen in a discussion of the group "100+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two)" (?)

    12. cnmark 53 months ago | reply

      --------------- Hall of Fame ----------------

      -------------- near 100 faves --------------

    13. Len Radin 53 months ago | reply

      I saw this in the 90-99 thread of the +100 fave group and faved it.
      Great work!
      Len
      www.drurydrama.com

    14. idashum 51 months ago | reply

      Beautiful details and colors!


      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    15. oozhan 51 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

    16. Levels Nature 51 months ago | reply


      I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

    17. Len Radin 51 months ago | reply

      --------------- Hall of Fame ----------------

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