Yellow-Swallowtail

Common yellow swallowtail 

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.

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Photo credit: ©Jimmy Hoffman

Locality: Spain

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Yesterday this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail let me get up close and personal.

What a lovely lovely butterfly. You can see it here enjoying one of its top favorite flowers, Echinacea or Cone Flower.

If it is really lucky it can live up to one month in this form. The yellow tiger can be a male or a female and there is also a black tiger that can only be a female.

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The TOP TEN CATERPILLAR images taken in 2015 and posted to itchydogimages on Flickr (according to Flickr’s “interestingness” algorithm).

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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THE VIEW FROM ABOVE

Chinese caterpillars seen from above - the bird-s eye view
(Individual IDs in captions on clicking images)

View all images in the THE VIEW FROM ABOVE series in my Flickr photostream HERE.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

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