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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-07 3:14
Viewed: 2658
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Polygonia c-album (Linnaeus, 1758)
Comma Butterfly

Description: Wingspan 50-64 mm. Both wings are strongly scalloped. The uppersides are tawny-orange with black and brown spots and blotches. The undersides are intricately patterned in brown, grey and yellow-brown. There is a small silver spot in the shape of a comma in the centre of the hindwing. When the adult is hibernating this mark heightens the illusion of a dead leaf as it gives the impression of a hole. Females are larger than males and have a paler ground colour.
Key Identification Features:

Wings strongly scalloped giving an appearance of a ragged leaf Orange ground colour

Ecology: The Comma is a non-colonial species of open woodland and hedgerows. Adults hibernate becoming active in March or April. Eggs are laid on sheltered patches of nettles. The lifecycle is complex but in general adults appear in July and these either overwinter or produce a second brood which flies in late August.

World Distribution: North Africa, most of Europe to central Scandinavia, and across Asia to Korea and Japan

Model: NIKON D40X
Software: Paint Shop Pro Photo 11,20
Exposure Time: 10/1600 sec
F-Stop: f/13.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 105 mm
Date Taken: 2008-07-23 18:12
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 119 kb

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-07 3:23]

hi sergio,
this comma butterfly has got great wing pattern even closed. i would like to see the full view as its partially covered by the leaf. great colors and details.tfs.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-07 3:24]

Hi Sergio,

This is an excelent shot of the butterfly. Wonderfull way of using the light rendering greatly the texture of the wings. Color are also astonishing beautifull. Butterfly's colors makes a great contrast with the plant bellow and the background.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-07 5:26]

Hi Sergio.
You managed to catch a wonderful specimen of butterfly at so attractive POV. Shapes of the wings, colouration and other details of the insect as well as of the leaves are fine. I like pleasant and rich green colour palette at whole, nice blurriness of the BG and excellent framing of the image. My best regards and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-07 8:26]

Hi Sergio,
A very good pov to see wing shape and typical white C. Details, background and pose are very good.
Best regards, Siggi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-18 20:13]

Hi Sergio,
Wonderful shot of this elegant looking Comma nice perched on those leaves. Great colours and sharpness with perfect natural lighting. I like your POV to portray it and the chosen DOF. Very attractive image. Thanks for sharing.

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