The Sublime Swallowtail

5/24/2009 10:22:00 PM ·

RJ evan over at Webphemera brings us another fascinating read about about the wonderful world of the Swallowtail Butterfly.

"Although not restricted to the Old World, Papilio machaon occurs throughout Europe, Asia and North America. However, the alternative name, the Common Yellow, although more accurate, has less of the natural glamour that the insect itself exhibits. The black vein markings give the butterfly a striking appearance. The name of the insect is, of course taken from the swallow like tails which protrude from the hind wings. Caught wonderfully in this shot you can see the red eye spots at the base of each tail. The caterpillar, for its own safety against predators, spends the first part of its existence looking like bird guano. This is a real ugly duckling to swan scenario, then."

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