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Polygonia c-album

Polygonia c-album
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-12 1:45
Viewed: 2259
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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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Ciao Siggi, beautiful Polygonia on a lovely flower, splendid details and excellent sharpness, great macro, I like a lot, bravo, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,
another very beautiful picture of the Comma, very good sharpness, splendid colours, excellent POV showing perfectly the "c-album" in a nice composition
Best regards

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-12 3:01]

Hello Siegfried
Excellent macro work...Well done

Hello Siegfried,
Excellent composition. Very nice colours and sharp details.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-12 4:40]

Slav Sgg,
Good macro of this beautiful Polygonia c-album,nice colors and perfect details.TFS.
Best regards,

Ciao Siegfried. Intrigant light that exalrs brown colour and white "C". Good details on wing's texture. Nice compo.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-12 5:45]

Hello Siegfried, fine close-up shot of this butterfly having a pattern ressembling a bark tissue of tree with excellent composition and details.
TFS and R's,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-12 6:06]

Wonderful comma!
Very real colors, good POV,BG!

Hi MF Siggi,

An utterly beautiful macro capture of a comma with great contrasting green OFF BG, clarity and perfect focus. Delightful composition too.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


No son fciles de captar estas especies como t bien sabes Siegfried, pero en general resolviste bien. Algo justa de nitidez.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Wonderful capture your comma!
Great realization for this very hard to captured butterfly.

Hello Siegfried, beautiful shot of this comma butterfly with nice point of view and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Siggi,

An excellent macro with such beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Well taken, composed & presented.

TFS & regards.


hello Siegfried
very nice composition with good details and nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-12 12:55]

Hallo Siegfried,
Excellent macro shot.Low level POV,details,DOF,composition and detais are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-12 16:42]

Hi Siggi,the best way to see the famous C ! Excellent point of view,nice composition and high sharpness,very perfect work,my best compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Hallo Siggi
Thanks for all your frequent stops at my gallery. It is much appreciated.
Thanks for sharing the beauty of this butterfly that reminds me of the texture and looks of an old tree's bark. The unique shape of the wings, the dark patterns and markings and the eye are well seen against the green background. The pink flower with its delicate features adds to round of this image to its best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Siegfried ,

Wow, what a lovely butterfly this1 Amazing shape and size. Very well done. Nice PoV with great DoF and clarity. Very well done.


Hello Siegfried,

an nice image from this butterfly.
good pov and details with fine colours.


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-14 11:43]

Amazing butterfly pattern dear Siegfried and very well captured.
TFS and see you on TN.
Best wishes,

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