Papilio machaon (Papilionidae), commonly known as Common yellow swallowtail or Macaón (in Spanish), is a spectacular butterfly beyond 80mm of span wing, found in North of Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.
Papilio machaon has a striking coloration of black on top of a yellow base color. There are blue and red spots on the hind wings. A mutation or variation on swallowtails’ natural color is the occasional butterfly that displays melanism, a black coloration on the wings, rather than yellow. The are fairly large butterflies compared to most others.
Attributed to Barbara Regina Dietzsch (German, 1706 - 1783): Orange tip, peacock, clouded yellow, silver-studded blue (?), swallowtail, another silver-studded blue (?), scarlet tiger moth, apollo, Jersey tiger moth (via Christie’s)
Beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail trying to stay on the bloom while the wind is whipping it around. Crazy windy day here in Charlottesville, Virginia on Forsythia Hill. It seems to like my old fashioned Money Plant bloom.