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The Comma

The Comma
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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: 2008-05-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-800, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 4:37
Viewed: 3236
Points: 42
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Here's a Comma butterfly which I photographed in May on a typical overcast day :-)

I hope you like it!

The Comma - Polygonia c-album

This 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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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-15 4:48]

Hello Joe,
Nice closed-wing portrait of a Comma taken from a fine POV on the grass stem with pretty good sharpness. The lighting seems to have been almost against you despite that it was an overcast day! Exposure was good though and the composition pleasing.
TFS this fine reminder of the late spring.

Hello Joe !
Beautiul butterfly, I love the shap of its wings, and so nicely captured ! Excellent sharpness and details, soft blurred BG, vivid colors, splendid composition and POV, and when I look at the picture it is so good I think it hard to believe you had such bad conditions - you managed to bring out the best from your camera. Very well done !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-15 5:08]

Hello Joe,
A lovely capture of this Comma in a resting position in beautiful backlight. Very fine sharp details and lovely colours. It looks almost entangled in a cob web? A fine green background to set it off and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-15 5:11]

hello Joe,
This is a special shot of the beautiful Comma-butterfly. The leaf-like shape of the wings is underlined by a light, which is difficult to find out from where it comes.. good composition and a perfect green background as contrast to the butterfly's colors.
Have a nice afternoon

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-15 5:24]

Hi Joe
very naturel colors and composition
very nice image
very well done.

Your specimen shows the white 'comma' on its nether wing very clearly, Joe.
We don't see much of this unique butterfly on TN, so your picture of it makes us realise how valuable it is for nature enthusiasts like us.
The image is well captured from a low perspective, giving great details on the exposed wing.
Thanks and keep warm.

Hi Joe,
I see you have some asses up your sleeve. The comma has been shown before on TN but this one is interesting for its shine-through effects and the patterned eye. Original and well done, Joe.
Best regards

Hi Joe,
Great macro capture of this beautiful comma in a fine composition with wonderful clarity and natural colours.
Well done OwlMan:-)
TFS and cheers,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-15 8:05]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful capture of this butterfly.POV,lighting,details,exposure and framing are excellent.
Thanks fro posting.

Hi Joe,
same idea than I had yesterday - and both looking in the same direction ;-)
Very good work, I like the light from the back.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-12-15 9:37]

Hi Joey
What an outstanding composition.Excellent POV and very sharp image with amasing detail.Colors & light are beautiful and I also like than nice OOF BG color.
TFS Michel

colours work well together and the large size seems fine..the perch almost looks like celery?:-) Not....I have no natural teeth and cannot eat it any more..try this...celery with peanut butter....seriously! god shot Joey!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-15 10:55]

Hello Joe,
Fantatsic wing design on this butterfly, your sharply detailed image was taken form a fine point of view and with great lighting. Great macro work Joe, thank you.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-15 11:17]

Hi Joe. A very good close up of this butterfly from the spring. We can see the unusual wing shape with your POV. good detail and rich colours. stands out from the green BG. well done TFS.

Hi Joe,
Very good capture of this beautiful Comma butterfly; nice POV, composition, colours, sharp fine details.

Hello Joe

As usual the colours are rich and vibrant.
The POV is terrific,and you really managed to capture the unique profile of this beautiful butterfly.
Excellent focus and detail.
Very good POV and DOF.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-15 23:43]

Hi Joe

A lovely pose from a great pov. Detail and exposure are spot on.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-16 4:57]
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Hello Joe, Is the wings are torn or is it just natural. Lovely shot with superb sharpness and focus. Ganesh

A great shot of this interesting butterfly.
Thie wing design of this one is something special.
Great exposure,sharpness and detail.
Perfect composition.
Very nice work!

Hello Joe,

fine close up shot from this butterfly.
Razor sharp as usual and with beautiful colours nd details.


Prcioso trabajo Joe , donde juegas de una manera efectiva con la luz.
Creo que mejoraría la toma con un encuadre algo más abierto y además el enfoque también sería mejor.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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