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Papilio machaon

Linneus 1758

Vulgar Name: Machaon

Family: Papilionidae

Length of front wing mm. 32-45

Note: The Swallowtail is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae, mostly tropical family, of which only 9 species present in Italy.
With its wingspan of about 8 inches maximum, it is not difficult to meet her and to notice especially in the countryside or in the hills from early spring (the period in which the pupae flicker), until late autumn. Stylish and agile in flight, the male is also defender of its territory; if you happen to see two patrolling nearby in daring stunts, probably one is trying to oust the other.
Shows the typical behavior Butterfly hilltopping, or tries to fly above the highest point of the terrain in which it is located (domain).

Male: Yellow with ribs and large cross-sectional designs blacks. Postdiscale band containing a yellow tinge in the front and blue in the rear. Large patch of orange in the anal rear. The outer edge of the rear toothed with a tail at the third midrib.

Female: Similar to male but generally larger

Reverse: yellow with designs similar to the straight, but definitely lighter.

Caterpillar: green with yellow rings dotted with blacks, feeding on Apiaceae, such as fennel and carrot. If disturbed, estroflette from behind the head a couple of horn-shaped glands (osmaterium), which emit a repulsive odor that repels predators.

Distribution: Europe, temperate Asia and Japan, arctic and sub​​-arctic Canada and the United States, Italy.

Habitat: thermophilic species is found in the meadows from sea level to mountain level and cacuminal up to about 2500 meters above sea level

Generations per year: Tre with a flicker in April-May, June-July and August-September.

Plants suckler: Daucus carota, Foeniculum vulgare, parsnip Ruta graveolens

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9592 W: 132 N: 18668] (120652)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-08-08
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-09 4:11
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