Scarce swallowtail

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Comparison between Iphiclides podalirius VS Iphiclides p. feisthamelii

 What a pleasure to go after dragonflies and find this gorgeous specimen on my doorstep in the lavander!   
Un Flambé magnifique, un des plus beaux papillons d’Europe, dans la lavande du jardin. Ces plants isolés m’ont offert un bokeh assez uni mais je n’ai pu me concentrer que sur l’un des deux spécimens, l’autre se déplaçant trop rapidement je risquais de les perdre tous les deux en lui courant après! 

 Iphiclides podalirius
– Papilionidae

22 juillet 2014
Macro Sigma 150mm

Gros-plan sur ces ocelles:

Close-up:

At first glance, not many differences between both but they exist.
I. p. feisthamelii is generally:

–  whiter but creamy on the wings edges
–  the orange arc above the ocelli is thinner
–  the lunulae under the blue spots are creamy rather than white
–  the 6th black flame dilute itself into the black border.

A première vue, difficile de faire la différences entre ces 2 sous-espèces, Iphiclides podalirius  et I. p. feisthamelii mais à regarder de plus près 4 différences les démarquent.
Ce dernier est généralement:
–  plus blanc mais crème sur les bordures des ailes,
–  l’arc orange de l’ocelle est moins large,
–  les lunules sous les taches bleues sont crème plutôt que blanc
–  et la 6è flamme se dilue dans la bordure noire costale.

I. p. feisthamelii 

Southern scarce

Photographed in Spain in 2012

http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/2012/07/flamenco-du-flambe-sur-la-viperine.html
Juin 2012, Espagne

On a vraiment l’impression que les spécialistes s’en sont donné à cœur joie pour en faire 2 sous-espèces, mais ces petites différences sont récurrentes…  😉

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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