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Comma Butterfly *For Peter Stoeckl*

Comma Butterfly *For Peter Stoeckl*
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-400, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature part Four [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-14 4:07
Viewed: 3335
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to dedicate this to Peter Stoeckl for all his fantastic butterfly photos! Thanks Peter!

This is a Comma Butterfly.

I hope you like it!

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.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-14 4:26]

Hello Joe,
Excellent close-up of the Comma butterfly all nicely in focus. This looks a little worn and must be the early form that is lighter in colour on the underside. Great sharpness and fine colours. I like the background colour in your fine composition.
A very nice dedication for Peter!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hola Joe, buen macro, nitida y con textura, buen color y luz. Un saludo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-14 4:34]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot. Superb colours, sharpness, lighting and POV. I love the diagonal wingspan presentation. Very nicely composed.
Best regards

Hi Joe

Super sharp image of this interestingly designed butterfly
Good diagonal composition
Colours contrast well with the green leaves
Good DOF and POV
Good background


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-14 5:14]

Hello Joe,
Beautifl photo in splendid saturated colours. It looks if it had past its best time. Perfect sharpness and details. Great diagonal composition. Excellent DOF.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-14 5:19]

Hola Joe,
excelente trabajo,
hermosa macro y color,
buen foco y pov,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-14 5:45]

Hi Joe!

Nice capture. Good to see comma with wide opened wings. Insect is colorfull, sharp and detailed. Composition with leaves looks good also. There is bonus in BG - small insect on leaf, but I don't know what it is.

Bien captados los colores y bien dedicada a Peter, se lo merece.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-14 7:42]

Hello my friend, a beautiful butterfly which I don't recall having seen. I like the angle of the pov within the frame, it really gives way to the shape of the wings and the colours are superb. Great work again Joey,


Very nice for Peer Joey. He is quite the fellow and is on my short list if I ever get to Europe...I do have relatives not far from him..
A super image Joey and you know just which image and what time to pick for dedications..It works for me! And I'll bet Peter is surprised.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-14 8:53]

Hello Joe, very nice shot of this butterfly, very sharp image, good use of the fill flash and a very fine composition, well done, thanks!


Well done, Joe.
I like the depth of field. Well composed close up.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-14 9:36]

Hi Joe,

An excellent macro of this well worn but still beautiful butterfly. The diagonal composition is superb. Perfect background to set off the colors of the Comma. Wonderful details of the markings and body. A nice dedication to Peter.


Hello Joe,
Very beautiful capture, with nice saturated colours and background. This comma seems to be a veteran with parts of its wing missing. That's life in the butterfly world! TFS,

Hi OwlMan,
As usual:) an another perfect macro shot of this beautifully coloured Comma Butterfly my friend.
Great clarity and wonderful pose.
Well done Joe!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-07-14 11:42]

Hi Joe,

Superb shot of the Comma.
Nicely composed with a beautiful classic diagonal pose.
Lovely crisp details and great DOF.
Excellent natural colours and light too.


Hello Joe,
As I remember, I met this species only single time. It is really very beautiful. But I cant capture it very well unlike yours. Yours great with POV and composition, sharpness and details. Coloration also superb. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-14 15:18]

Hola Joe.
Hermosa Macro de esta Mariposa. Las alas abiertas permiten poder obserbar sus helegantes y bellos atributos. La imagen de alta calidad en cuanto a nitidez e iluminacion. El encuadre es ideal para la presentacion, y la nota escrita es de gran valor educativo.
Saludos My young Friend.
Ps.- My next photo is gong to be for You. Ok.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-14 16:10]

Hi,just marking,no time,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Joe, fascinating comma, fantastic details, great colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-15 2:01]

Hello Joe,
A very nice capture of a Comma, a little worn after hibernation. The POV, composition and technical qualities are all first class, which make it a very suitable tribute to Peter who has regaled us with such fine butterfly captures.
TFS this beauty,

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

Hi Joe
The butterfly is prominent. Nice OOF background and good compo. I like saturated colors. Sharpness is good. As always very good job
Best wishes

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-15 4:04]

Hello Joe, Superb and excellent macro shot. Too close and sharpness perfect. Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-15 8:39]

Hello Joe

Excellent sharp focus and details.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
The open wing pose is lovely.
Very good pov.


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