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A week after the snow

A week after the snow
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-03-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-03-09 7:52
Viewed: 727
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just a week after the last snow,the sun is back and the first butterflies too.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Polygonia
Species: P. c-album

The Comma (Polygonia c-album) 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.


La vanessa c-bianco deve il suo nome al curioso disegno a forma di c nella pagina inferiore delle ali. E' caratterizzata da un colore fulvo a macchie più scure. Vive in ambienti con fiori ai margini dei boschi e dei giardini

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Ciao Luciano, già 2-0 e anche questo week end per me è senza speranza, mi dovrò trasferire a Cuggiono per far la prima, gran bella comma ad ali aperte, colori vivaci, splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

An stunning details...so lovely and happy colours and image well done LUCIANO GOLLINI

Hi Luciano,

Superb photo of the butterfly. Lovely details and color.

Have a nice weekend.


Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien le papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Robert-le-Diable. La lumière rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-03-10 15:54]

Hi Luciano
This robust butterfly looks great under such a magnificent sunlight.
Beautiful colors and pattern as well as an excellent sharpness.


Amazingly intact specimen, Luciano. A delightful beginning to new butterfly season.
superb sharpness! Compact cameras are doing a great job.

Hi Luciano,
I first didn't want to comment on this butterfly that I am familiar with. Then I read your note. This was really instructive and interesting. So with much humility but also pleasure I add my points.
Greetings, Dietrich

Hello 👋 Luciano,

Nice to see 'Comma' butterfly 🦋 once again ☺. Well captured with good details and exposure. But in somehow to me looks bit boring 💤 😔

The most dramatic wildlife photos usually includes a very simple and non - distracting background. The goal is to highlight your subjects and make them stand out. Photos with cluttered and distracting background cause your subject to get lost in the photograph.

Another thing ☺ in my humble opinion - a good photo needs to grab attention and there are several ways to achieve it - such as, EMPLOYING DRAMATIC LIGHTING or INJECT EMOTION or EYE CATCHING COMPOSITION which I don't see it here. You are older than me here in Treknature ☺, so I can expect it from you 😉

You have posted this species before, so here I would like to see the same species in different way;I mean SOMETHING which will attract viewer.
Thanks for sharing your work with us 😊
Regards and have a nice weekend 🙂

Hi Luciaano,
I see the first butterflies already woke up from hybernation and as usual, they're the c-albums. I partially disagree now with Srikumar, I mean I found the purple leaves visually attractive, what stand against the bright, warm tone butterfly quite well. For me the background isn't busy, especially as most of it is well blurred. I also like the classical composition, IMHO it works well here. Anyway, people are different, so are their opinions. ☺ In mine, this is a good photo, what I like.
Kind regards, László

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