David Element

 

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

 

___________________________________________________________________ Butterflies 4 – Swallowtails

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                            SWALLOWTAIL Papilio machaon britannica

 

A close up of a flower

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                                                                                                                                                            SWALLOWTAIL Papilio machaon machaon

 

A close up of an insect

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                                                                                                                                                            SWALLOWTAIL Papilio machaon machaon

 

A small insect on a branch

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                                                    SWALLOWTAIL Papilio machaon machaon                                                                          SWALLOWTAIL Papilio machaon machaon 

 

 

 

·         These illustrations show the British subspecies Papilio machaon britannica (first photograph) and the European type species of the Common Swallowtail P. m. machaon respectively. The type species was photographed in the south of France. Any structural differences between the two are so subtle that they would require examination under a lens. As a rule of thumb the British subspecies is confined to the fenlands of East Anglia but it is sometimes possible to encounter immigrant continental butterflies in the UK.

 

 

·         David’s short films of Swallowtail Butterflies in action may be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i13X__8ltug&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=7&t=0s and:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo4f1rXjqnw&list=PL4AirIEc0NofhDbxohAG_PoMc7P2iGR5N&index=38&t=0s.

 

 

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