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Common Yellow Swallowtails in-love:)

Common Yellow Swallowtails in-love:)
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-30 21:30
Viewed: 1773
Points: 46
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Papilio machaon (Common Yellow Swallowtail) [in Turk. Kırlangıçkuyruk]

Today, a pair in love of the one of the largest butterflies….

TFL & Cheers,



This butterfly is also known as ‘The Old World Swallowtail’ or, simply, ‘Swallowtail’ (a common name applied to all members of the family). A very large butterfly with a wingspan of 65-100 mm and a characteristic tail on the hindwing.

The upperside ground colour is light yellow. The forewing has extensive black marks, a black band in the postdiscal area and pronounced black veins. The hindwing has a wide black band, which is highlighted with blue in the postdiscal area. This band reaches the anal angle as a red ocellus. The underside is similar to the upperside, but with grey instead of black markings. The blue and red markings are larger and more pronounced. The female is similar to the male.

This species has a very wide range. It occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Eurasia and N America.

Adults start to emerge early in February (occasionally in January) and are on the wing until November, producing at least four generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Final-stage larvae have been found in December. The larval host-plants are mainly species of the Umbelliferae and Apiaceae (including Peucedanum palustre - Milk Parsley) families. Early stages of this butterfly have also been found on the following plants: Coriander, Wild Carrot, Giant Fennel belonging to Umbelliferae, and Lemon Tree and Fringed Rue from Rutaceae.

It is a common butterfly found in a wide variety of habitats and with a very wide distribution. It is observed in maquis, garigue, phrygana, forests, cultivated areas and riverbeds, from sea level to 3000 m. It is much more common in the lowlands and intermediate elevations, mainly close to crops and damp places where its main foodplant fennel thrives. The adult butterflies frequently feed at the nectar-rich flowers. The caterpillar spends the first part of its life with the appearance of a bird dropping, an effective defence against predators. As the caterpillar grows larger it becomes green with black and orange markings. The caterpillar still has a defence against predators in the form of an organ called an osmeterium which consists of retractable, fleshy projections behind its head that can release a foul smell.


1. Makris, C. (2003). Butterflies of Cyprus. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. 329 pp.
2. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
3. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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hello Bayram;
wonderfull capture, excellent macro shot with beautiful butterflies in love;
great sharpness and nice lighting
pozdrawiam Karolina

Bayram Hocam merhaba
Komşuyuz bugün, benim için büyük mutluluk
İki mükemmel kelebek makrolamışsınız bugün
Kanatlardaki renk ve desenlere bayıldım

Fantastic detail and timing in this image. You caught a unique moment and it all came together perfectly. A very nice macro image. TFS

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2009-10-01 0:09]

very wonderfull macro

Bonjour Bayram
Another very beautiful composition of these butterflies.Perfect sharpness of the first and beautiful bg with the second in a coloured and blurred universe
Have a good day MF

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-10-01 0:45]

Merhaba my friend...
Beautiful macro shot with so nce scene...
Nice focus...

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-01 0:45]

Merhaba Bayram,
Interesting macro. Excellent colors. I admire your works of art on.
Have a pleasant day,

Ciao Bayram, fantastic maiting couple, difficult pose and the second is OOF byt everywhere great capture, fantastic colors, superb sharpness and splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Namastay Bayram MF,

Great macro capture of the couple 'in private moments'!
The sharpness and POV are perfect with great show of natural colors. The blurry BG is wonderful too.
Thanks for this nice shot.


Great macro shot!
Perfect sharpness of that beautiful butterflies in love. Great catch!
Lovely composition of the photo.
Excellent presentation as usual.

Merhaba Bayram Hocam!
You captured a great moment,with excellent
warm colours,lighting and textured details!
Perfect focus,clarity and effective blurred bg!
Tfs Selamlar

hello bayram,
i would have used the same f/8, 1/1250 seconds settings for this type of shot. but i recognize that even when swallowtails land on a spot, the hind wings remain in perpetual motion. And that is why the image has selective focus and/or sharpness. this is a very exciting capture, abdomen to abdomen, nature showing its power to procreate. the wing design and its iridescent quality is well emphasized. my best regards...

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  • hurol Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 6] (284)
  • [2009-10-01 3:30]

Merhaba Bayram .
Tebrik edeim muhteşem bir macro çekimi olmuş kelebeğin türü ve renkleri çok güzel ayrıca bir de çifleşmeyi de yakalamak ayrı bir sabır ve çalışma gerektirir tekrar tebrikler bizimle palyaştığınız için teşekkürler.


Beautiful macro shot .Nice focus colours and details.
Regards Zoran

Selam Bayram Hocam,
Harika bir kompozisyon, doğal ortam ve keskin bir çekim. Teşekkürler
Selahattin E

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-10-01 6:18]

merhaba hocam..
kırlangıç kuyruğun çiftleşme zamanı sanırım, harika bir zamanlama ve paylaşım, eline, gözüne sağlık...selam ve saygılarla...

Sencillamente preciosa la imagen y el momento todo un lujo de detalles para la vista
gracias por compartirla
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Hello MF Bayram,
Very impressive. Good timing!I think you were very lucky. Superb shot. TFS.
Best regards Siegfried

Merhaba Hocam,
Muhteşem bir yakın plan çekim.Netlik ve yumuşak renkler olağanüstü.Eline sağlık.


Hi Bayram,

Gorgeous swallowtails mating captured in razor thin bokeh. Tack sharp focus and wonderful framing in this shot.

Kırmızı noktanın ilk örnekleri burada imiş:)
Diğerleri gibi gerçekten hoş bir kompozisyon.Doku kaybının farkıdasın tabi:))
Bi slavên germ.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-11 7:20]

Hello Bayram, a strikingly beautiful macro! Everything in that shot is great, perfect all the way, well done!


Hello MF Bayram,

Excellent macro of this magical moment of nature!
Perfect timing, colors, light and contrast!
Congratulations and TFS

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