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The host Papilio machaon on Ruta chalepensis, the host plant for this species. This specimen was spotted at the end of the first cold day, amidst the host plant. The specimen was perfect, possibly hatched a few day before. The cold days arrived, in preparation for the winter chill.  Old World swallowtail,Papilio machaon,arthopoda,biodiversity,butterflies,butterfly,insects,lepidoptera,papilionidae Click/tap to enlarge

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Papilio machaon on Ruta chalepensis, the host plant for this species. This specimen was spotted at the end of the first cold day, amidst the host plant. The specimen was perfect, possibly hatched a few day before. The cold days arrived, in preparation for the winter chill.

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  1. Wow, this one is in an incredible state, just pure perfection! Posted 5 years ago
    1. I believe this one could be "almost" a new born, wings were almost perfect! During three days I counted 5 individuals, two of them like this one. Thanks Ferdy, cheers Posted 5 years ago
  2. What a beauty! Posted 5 years ago

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''Papilio machaon'', the Old World swallowtail, is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail . It is the type species of the genus ''Papilio''. This widespread species is found in much of the Palearctic and in North America.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by RMFelix
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Uploaded Nov 21, 2016. Captured Nov 19, 2016 17:18.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/8.0
  • 1/320s
  • ISO800
  • 80mm