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Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly
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Copyright: Hans Hendriks (hansh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-12 11:39
Viewed: 2824
Points: 22
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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, 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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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-12 11:41]

Hi Hans. The summer long gone .This is a fine close up of the Comma Butterfly. Taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. I like the natural colours. TFS.

hallo Hans
Erg mooi genomen ,zo van de zijkant
Zo is hij erg goed te zien
alles net zo scherp en mooie kleuren
Weer een goeie erbij
groetjes lou
ps. als je die kleine paddenstoelen eenmaal gevonden heb kan je de rest ook vinden
Maar toch!het is altijd weer geluk hebben
dat zal je zelf ook wel eens hebben

Hi Hans, my dear friend,

Incredible and brillant macro of a Comma from lateral POV providing us its characteristic C- shaped white spot with great DOF, impressive clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-12 13:34]

Hello Hans
What a great shot, I like your POV and the composition, the pose is superb as it really shows off the amazing shape of the Comma's wings and its nice to learn about the C on the underside of the wings, the detail is sharp and clean with great colours too.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Hans. Lovely and precise shot of this butterfly. Everyting are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-12 21:37]

Hello Hans
Excellent work...all is perfect

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-12 23:35]

Hello Hans,
Excellent shot of this comma butterfly.
Colours, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-13 4:41]

Hello Hans,
A very fine lateral view on the special-shaped wings of the Comma-butterfly. I thought that you had used the flash to have the patterns and colors of the wings so clear, but no. We really well can see the famous C !
Fine posting.
Kind regards

Ciao Hans. Best compliments for the superb POv and razor details. Fantastic butterfly against blurred BG. Great macro shot.


Hallo Hans,

alweer een mooie close up met mooie egale achtergrond.
Prachtige kleuren en goed van detailering.


Hallo Hans
A splendid capture of a most beautiful butterfly, with good detail and great colours. The texture of the wings reminds me of the bark of a tree and it really eye-catching. Good sharpness and a lovely point of view with a great macro as end result. The flower it is resting on is also pretty with delicate features. It was a pleasure stopping by this Comma which is presented in a deligtful manner. Thank you for sharing. Kind regards.

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