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Iphiclides podalirius
Sicily is a real paradise for butterflies. Species which used to occur all over Europe, but which have been forced out by cultivation still abound here. This one, one of Europe's largest butterflies, the Iphiclides podalirius, is one of the few of its kind which actually are able to steer. Thanks to its large wings and its loosely connected body it glides through the air, steering by shifting its weight rather than fluttering. May 22nd 2006

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Charlesthe original hang glider

Charles

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cheers

Charles
Posted Jun 4, 2006 12:41 pm

Gangolf HaubRe: the original hang glider

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Would you believe that they actually do use thermic upwinds to float? Not as elegant as eagles, though...
Posted Jun 5, 2006 3:57 pm

CharlesRe: the original hang glider

Charles

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the wonders of nature!
Posted Jun 5, 2006 7:34 pm

nartrebfamily resemblance

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I mistook this for its cousin, papilio glaucus
Posted Jun 5, 2006 9:12 pm

hiltrud.liuWonderful...

hiltrud.liu

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such colours!
Merry Christmas to you!
Hiltrud
Posted Dec 14, 2007 4:06 pm

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Gangolf HaubSubmitted by Gangolf Haub
on Jun 4, 2006 11:01 am

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Object Title: Iphiclides podalirius