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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 18-55mm USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-02-05 5:33
Viewed: 4099
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
it was the only time i found this butterfly. this shot is far from perfect but he was very shy and i can't go to close. this picture was taken from 2 meters from the subject

Polygonia c-album (Nymphalis c-album)

Règne Animalia
Embranchement Arthropoda
Classe Insecta
Ordre Lepidoptera
Sous-ordre Ditrysia
Super-famille Papilionoidea
Famille Nymphalidae
Sous-famille Nymphalinae
Genre Polygonia

Distribution: Much of France and eastwards across Central Europe to S Finland, extremely local in N Spain. Sporadic and local across range. Can be common where found, but usually at low density.

Identification: This species and the Southern Comma, P. egea, are distinctive. They have highly scalloped wings, looking like a dead leaf with wings closed. The uppersides are rich orange brown with darker brown spots. The two species are separated:

      - richer darker butterfly, less scalloped wings c-album; paler butterfly, fewer dark markings and more deeply scalloped wings egea.

Upperside (underside too, of course, but not visible from below):
      - inner margin: deeply curved in c-album, small indent in egea.

      - white comma on the underside hindwing: rather U-shaped with a small hooks at the ends in the c-album , V-shaped "sans-serif" (no hooks) in egea.
      - underside general mottling: confused and broken up in c-album, striated and parallel in egea.
      - underside with row of green-blue spots in post discal area in c-album, no spots in egea.

Flight time: The first generation emerges around June/ July. There is a partial second generation in August/ September. The butterfly hibernates as an adult, emerging on the first warm days of spring in March or April. For more detail about the remarkable breeding strategy, see additional notes.

Habitat: Woodland and gardens. Larvae feed on various plants such as Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), Sallows (Salix), Elms (Ulmus) and Currents (Ribes).

Behaviour: Often one of the first butterflies on the wing after hibernation in spring. Hibernates as an adult where its cryptic underside markings and broken wing shape make the butterfly look like a dead leaf. It rests amongst leaves and on tree truncks, possibly also inside outbuildings.

Additional notes: Some adults from the first generation hibernate, as do all the adults from the second generation. Two forms emerge from the first brood - the typical dark brown form and a lighter, brighter form hutchinsoni. It appears that only the hutchinsoni individuals are sexually active, mating quickly and laying to produce the second brood. Non-hutchinsoni individuals go into hibernation immediately. None of the second brood is of form hutchinsoni thus these are not sexually active and they go into hibernation. After winter all the hibernated butterflies, from 1st and 2nd broods, become sexually mature.

There is some evidence that hutchinsoni individuals may be generated if larvae are exposed to lengthening day lengths, and non-hutchinsoni from shortening day lengths. Thus if conditions are good early in the year, more larvae will become sexually active hutchinsoni, generating a larger second brood. The converse of course being equally valid.

source : eurobutterflies.com

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Hallo Jacqueline
What a delightful butterfly and absolute feast to the eye. This is really a gorgeous image with lots of detail to appreciate. This butterfly is formed perfectly and the colours are spectacular, especially at the lower part of the wings. It looks as if it was painted by hand and can surely be seen as a piece of art. Maybe not the best in your own opinoun, but a great view for me. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

Ciao Jacquelin, nice see you as today neighbour, wonderful comma with fantastic colors and splendid light, superb sharpness and wonderful details, brava, very well done, ciao Silvio

A fine capture of the Comma from the spring of last year, Jacqueline.
This butterfly is quite a species in itself with an interesting wing shape.
The shot is well composed and the colours and details on the subject are very good.
Thanks for sharing the picture and best regards.

hello Jacqueline
beautiful picture
good sharpness and composition
greeting lou

bonjour Jacqueline

très belle photographie de ce papillon, prise avec un excellent
POV, DOF et cadrage, excellente luminosité, excellente densité
dans les tonalités des couleurs, excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-05 8:52]

Hi Jacqueline.
Once more brilliant shot from you. I am impressed with great DOF. Both wonderful specimen of butterfly and wild plant are in focus and their details are excellent. Busy BG is looked perfectly owing the exact level of blurriness. I also like fine sunlight and created by it effect – nice vivid colours of the scene. Kind regards and compliments.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-05 9:39]

Hello Jacqueline,
What a beautiful capture of the Comma captured in early spring. I like its pose with open wings on the nettle and the fine light. Excellent details, lovely colours and I like the natural background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-05 10:39]

Hi Jacqueline,
Beautiful capture of this Butterfly.I liked naturel colors,POV and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-05 11:17]

Hi Jacqueline. Firstly thanks for the intersting notes. You have captured a fine top view of this Beautiful buterfly which you have taken with fine detail and rich colours. We can see all of the shapes and detail in the open wings. well done TFS.

Ciao Jacqueline,
très belle image de Polygonia c-album prise avec un excellent POV, très bon cadrage et parfaite netteté, j'adore les vives couleurs de ce beau papillon.
Merci et félicitations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-05 12:24]

Hello Jaqueline,
This is a very good result for a shot of a Comma butterfly taken at a distance of two meters with a Canon 18-55 mm lens.
Yes it is a little soft, but the details and colours are excellent and the composition on the top of a Nettle (its larval host plant) against an OOF natural BG is pleasing.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best regards,

very beautiful capture Jacqueline !
wonderful natural colours and perfect sharp , fine details and good sun light , nice contrast and great DOF ,
wery well done ! TFS ,

Hi MF Jacqueline,
Excellent and impressive macro capture of a beautful butterfly from a nice POV with wonderful clarity, sharpness and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2009-02-05 22:24]

Hello Jacqueline,

You've captured this Comma with its excellent patterns and colors.Composition and POV are great with natural BG.
Thanks for sharing

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Jolie prise de vue de ce papillon,
superbes couleurs et composition,
belle netteté et détails.
belle lumière ....

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-06 12:50]

Hi Jacqueline,waiting the new season of flowers and butterflies i'm sleeping whit my camera...ehehe...and i have a lot of work and no time,just my best compliments for your last pics,every time a professional and impressive work,this is simply wonderful too,have a nice weekend ,Luciano

Buen encuadre y naturalidad en los colores. Algo desenfocada. Aún no he podido fotografiar nunca estas especies de alas recortadas :-)
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana Jacqueline:

Josep Ignasi.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-06 21:29]

Hello Jacqueline, a wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-06 23:31]

Salut !
Ah, toi au mins tu as réussi à trouver ce joli papillon que je cherche depuis trois ans (et que je n'ai jamais trouvé :-) J'aime bien les couleurs vives, et le beau contraste entre papillon orange et BG vert. Jolie composition, excellent POV. Félicitations !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-07 4:33]

Hi Jacqueline,
nicely placed subject between the leaves. The ruggedness of the wings is well repeated by the leaves too. how interesting to note.
The light is very helpfl in making the colours and features well seen.
Very sharp and clear shot.


Hello Jacqueline, great shot of this beauty.
TFS and regards,

Hello Jacqueline, wonderful shot of this pretty butterfly. Nice composition and details.
TFS and regards,

Hi Jacqueline,
A nice capture of this beautiful comma butterfly. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Jacqueline

A lovely capture of this comma.They are such beautiful butterflies when they spread their wings.
Lovely colours and good use of the light.
The POV is well done.
This open wing pose is very good and really shows the unique wing pattern and shape.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-08 9:01]

C'est difficile de photographier les papillons, ils bougent tout le temps! Tu t'es bien débrouillée pour celle-ci, on voit bien tous les détails, c'est net et tout à fait joli. J'aime beaucoup l'angle de prise de vue, c'est réussi et merci Jacqueline!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-08 21:33]

Hello Jacqueline,
What amazing wings they have and the colors are bright and cheery. Well done Jacqueline, thank you for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-08 22:04]

Hi Jacqueline,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Comma nicely perched on that leaf. Considering the shyness you have done an admirable job here. Very impressive sharpness, colours and details and I like this natural setting. GFreat lighting, POV, DOF and composition.

Hallo Jacqueline,
ein wundervoller Schmetterling - diese Commas sind extravagant - vor allen Dingen, weil sie lebend überwintern können, ich finde das bewundernswert. So zart, so klein, und doch überleben Sie eisige Temperaturen.
Vielen Dank für Deinen Augenschmaus, ich hoffe, wir werden sie bald wieder in der Natur begrüßen dürfen.
Herzliche Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-02-09 19:55]

Hi Jacqueline, Another good close up of a butterfly exhibiting beautiful colours and clarity. Your gallery is getting some fine additions now. TFS. Murray.

Very good color & exposure Jacqueline,
Great POV showing the inner wing patterns nicely :)

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-02-10 6:44]

Hi Jacqueline.
very nice composition
well done.

Hi Jacueline,

nice presentation of this butterfly.
Good of sharpness, pov and dof.
Beautiful colours.
This one I haven't yet on the picture.



I like this shot of the Comma. We have them here in Northern Illinois, USA as well. We also have the Question Mark. They look very much the same, but the Question Mark has a little white dot below the coma on the underside of the wing. You are right, they are very skittish and hard to shoot. With a relatively shot lens I am sure it was even more difficult.

I like the lighting and the focus. I might have cropped the picture a little tighter to eliminate some of the back ground and leaves to put more emphasis on the butterfly. That said, I still thing it is a very good shot.


Olá Jacqueline,
muito bonita mesmo essa foto da borboleta, assim como todas de sua galeria. Aos poucos vou comentando. Belo trabalho aqui.
Parabéns e Abraço

Hola Jacqueline,
Finalmente has subido una bonita foto, la especie retratada es muy bella, con su caracteristica C que le da el nombre de la especie. Es interesante la forma de las alas, muy diferente a la de la mayoría de las mariposas. Has consegudio una composición muy buena.
Gracias por compartirla. Saludos cordiales.

Hi Jacqueline,

I wonder you used 18-55mm from 2m distance and how large you crop the picture, but still good detail and sharp.Nice natural athmosphere and good note.TFS.


Hi Jacqueline,

Very good shot from two meters away. I like the pov of the beautiful perch on the leaves. Well lit image with good display of markings on the wings. Nicely framed and well done.


Hello Jacqueline,
You present a fine specimen of the comma butterfly which is more of a European find.We do not have them here and I really envy your luck of finding them and getting the opportunity to capture them in your cameras.

The composition you have here shows a bit of busy BG but still showing off excellent details of the subject.The colours on thi butterfly are indeed a joy to look at and the way you got it with open wings against the greens makes it more delightful.I made an effort at the workshop wondering whether the beauty can be shown off in a slightly more clearer manner.Mind you, this is more for my own learning as msh as i admire and appreciate your work.Hope you like the WS.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-02-17 10:58]

Hello Jacqueline
Wonderful picture with good elements
The composition is amazing
The colors are natural
The details are good.
Well done

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-19 23:48]

Merhaba Jacqueline,
Çok güzel bir kelebek fotoğraf; renkler, netlik ve pozlama çok güzeldir.

Bonsoir Jacqueline!

Je viens de découvrir ta jeune gallerie et je suis heureux de constater que tu as déjà beaucoup de succès. Tes images le méritent bien! Ce papillon est superbe et le fait que ses ailes ressemblent dans leur forme aux feuilles de la plante ajoute à la valeur de l'image. Le fouillis de l'arrière-plan est un peu dérangeant, mais n'enlève rien à la qualité de l'ensemble.



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-25 11:18]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is a very beautiful butterfly, great POV and composition. The colors are also very beautiful.. Well done


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-28 19:22]

Salut Jacqueline
Excellent presentation.Bon PDV et image bien en focus avec d'excellent detail et de jolie couleurs.
Merci Michel

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-03-19 6:41]

Hello Jacqueline,
This is the butterfly, I got exposure on a tree branch.
Colors, sharpness and good composition ...

Hello Jacqueline
very nice shot for beautiful Comma butterfly. focus, POV, colors and composition very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

This is one superb shot of this comma, Jacqueline.
I love the perfectly sharp details and the natural, unedited presentation.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-05-25 13:27]

Miss Piggy.
Nice shot with excellent contrasting colours and great depth of field.Nice subject detail.
Well done and a TFS//

Hello Jacqueline,

Fantastic picture of this wonderful butterfly.
Natural colours with great details.
Light and defition are spendid.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-07-01 14:56]

Hello Jacqueline,
nice capture of this beautiful butterfly!
great POV and colors!
best regards,

hello my friend Jacqueline,
thank you very much for your good wishes in my anniversary photo!
in your archives with this beautiful macro, with a nice focus and very good colors output!
keep photographing! TFS

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