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The Comma

The Comma
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-01 0:42
Viewed: 2352
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Comma (Polygonia c-album)Familie: Nymphalidae is a species of butterfly, common in the United Kingdom and with a distribution across Europe and temperate Asia to Japan and south to Morocco. Similar species are found in the United States and Canada. It has a white marking on its underwings resembling a comma. The wings have a distinctive ragged edge, apparently a cryptic form as the butterfly resembles a fallen leaf. The caterpillars are also cryptic, resembling a bird dropping.

In the 19th century the British population of comma butterflies crashed, and by 1920 there were only two sightings. The cause for this decline is unknown, and from about 1930 the population recovered and it is now one of the more familiar butterflies in Southern England, and is now resident in Scotland and in North Wales.

The caterpillars will feed up on hops, and they will also eat stinging nettle or elm or currant leaves, and in other parts of its distribution (e.g. in Sweden) also sallow and birch leaves.

The species survives the winter in the adult stage, and adults are of two forms. The form that overwinters before reproducing has dark undersides of the wings, whereas the form that develops directly to sexual maturation has lighter colured wing undersides. Both forms can arise from eggs laid by the same female, depending mainly on the photoperiods experienced by the larvae, but also with an influence of host plants, temperature and sex of individuals.

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Hello Siegfried
composition from the very delicate colors. Beautiful the tonalities of the flowers on which the butterfly is put down that with its warmer tonalities contrasts well with the background and with the pale color of the flowers. Optimal focusing and beautiful details.

Hello Siegfried ,
this is beautiful butterfly.
Once, i have seen a coma and try to capture them but I missed the photo. Your is very fine, with great details on the wings.

hi Siegfried,

good composition with beautiful colours.


Hallo Siegfried,
diese Farben sind atemberaubend - soooo schön!
Dein Comma-Falter hat sich den besten Platz ausgesucht, der Sommerflieder ist immer toll als Hintergrund. Vielen Dank, da wird einem ganz warm ums Herz.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Siggi, fascinating composition with wonderful comma and beautiful flowers, fantastic colors, fine details details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

hello siegfried
great colours and a good composition
on the beautiful flowers
greeting lou

A beautiful Comma specimen, a fine colour palette and an excellent balance between faunal and floral elements of the composition Siegfried, TFS this lovely image indeed!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-01 6:38]

Hello Siegfried,
A fine capture of the Comman in beautiful light. Lovely natural colours against a beautiful background and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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

Hi Siegfried.
The comma is a beautiful butterfly and you have captured pretty well.
The colours are nice and details are fine but I think the composition coulf be s bit better, but that's personal of course,
I think a bit more space in front and less behind would be nicer.
Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-01 7:37]

Hi Siegfreid. You have taken a very good close up of this beautiful looking butterfly. I only was able to get one last year which was unusual. You have used the light so well to give rich colours with fine detail. well done TFS. All with fine notes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-01 10:19]

Hi Siggi,

This Comma is lovely against the vivid violet flowers. I love the light on the wings making them glow. Beautiful colors, good details, and a fine composition.


Hi Siggi, stunningly perfect macro capture of this lovely comma perched on a beautiful flower with excellent details, sharpnes, nice pov and dof.
TFS and cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-01 10:43]

Hi Siegfried,
Bery nice close up.I liked vivid colors,lighting,details,exposure and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Siegdried, excellent close-up shot of this beautiful comma butterfly. Nice composition.
TFS and greetings,

Hi Siggi,

It is interesting to see such fragile specie could survive the winter. Excellent focus on the subject which is superbly perched. Very nice shallow depth in excellent framing.

TFS and have a nice day,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-01 23:11]

Hi Siegfried,
excellent clarity and superbly presented. the well cornered flower is excellent composition.
i like the two colours of the flowers and the butterfly.
excellent shot.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-01 23:31]

Hello Siggi,
An excellent capture of a Comma butterfly taken from a fine POV to show the upper surface of the wings with fine sharpness and contrasting nicely with the buddleia flower.
TFS and have a good week,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-02 0:16]

Hello Siggi,
a very nice close-up with nice colours and good POV.
Well done.TFS

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-02 0:44]

Hello Siegfried, great image of this beauty from nice point of view.
TFS and G's,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-02 4:59]

Siggi, another fantastic view and lovely sharp colors. The composition with the butterfly and the flower view is beautifully presented here.Well done Ganesh

Hello Siegfried,
Beautiful picture of this small butterfly sitting on the lilac flower bed.Excellent sharpness and details.Fantastic colours.
TFS & Regards,

Ladna rusalka w naturalnym srodowisku.
Piekne kolory i ostrosc,dobra notka.

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