Yellow Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
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A contest winner in "Wisconsin Flowers And Scenery" group, in house photo match by a select jury vote.
at it's finest! A Eastern, Yellow, Tiger, Swallowtail butterfly visiting a lovely orchid colored Zinnia flower.
"Top Finisher" in "Best Of The Best" photography contest!
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.
It can be distinguished from Papilio hospiton, which occurs sympatrically with it on Corsica and Sardinia, by the longer "tails" on the hind wings. It can be told apart from the Algerian species Papilio saharae only by counting the segments on the antennae.
March 13th, 2012
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