One of the biggest butterflies in the Netherlands and Europe is the Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon). In the 90’s I had to travel to the southern part of the Netherlands (Zuid-Limburg) to catch a glimpse of them. Everything changed when in 2002 a friend discovered a carrot field nearby. One early morning in August we visited this field with the hope to find one sleeping specimen. First, we couldn’t find one single butterfly but as soon as the sun was rising they came out of their sleeping places and climbed up to the wild carrots. I remember that we counted 16 Swallowtails and as you can see on the images below (nothing is manipulated!) on one wild carrot 3 Swallowtails were warming up.
In 2002 I was photographing on film and although I brought my films to a professional processing Lab it often happens that on the best and sharpest slides some scratches were found. After I selected some slides I contacted the former magazine ‘Grasduinen’ and two months later an article with my pictures appeared in their magazine.
Since then a lot has changed........first and fortunately the Swallowtails are doing very well in the Netherlands. Second, slides and scratches are past history. Third and too bad, the good old magazine ‘Grasduinen’ does no longer exists.
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Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.