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Old World Swallowtail

The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family). It is the type species of the genus Papilio and occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name. The imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65–86 millimetres (2.6–3.4 in). The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.

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Kommentare 2

  • Aufklatscher 14. März 2013, 21:52

    Wunderschön! Hier stimmt einfach alles!
    LG Jana
  • franks.art 14. März 2013, 21:22

    Very exciting pic...congratulation!
    Best wishes Frank