Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)
Family : Papilionidae
Sub-family : Papilioninae
Description: The swallowtail is among the most spectacular and largest of our butterflies. The wings of the female can reach more than 9 cm in size! It is in the tropics that one most frequently sees the Papilioninae sub-family. Mostly in springtime, the butterflies search for higher ground to carry out their famous “hilltopping”, a type of nuptial flight that allows them to find a partner. The flamed variety is an even rarer species that populates northern Europe.
Periods of flight: Two and sometimes three flights from April to September.
Caterpillar hosts : Various types of umbellifers. Pepper saxifrage, wild and garden carrots. The adult caterpillar of the swallowtail is easily recognisable: its dominant colour is a yellowish green with transverse black bands highlighted with points of orange. The caterpillar has no pilosity.
|Price of the series:||2,85 €|
|Photos:||Guy Hoffmann, Schifflange|
|Printing:||Offset with stochastic screen by Imprimerie du Timbre, LA POSTE, Malines (B)|
|Dimensions:||28.00 x 38.40 mm, 20 stamps per sheet|