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Comma 3
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, Soft on the eye images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-30 12:14
Viewed: 3496
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello All

i have taken this shot the same day as my previous butterfly posts from this year
it's a species often seen on TN but a have not to many time to go out the last time and also the butterflies and the insects are still very rarely, so i post what i have

FR : Robert-le-diable ou Gamma
UK : Comma butterfly
DE : C Falter
IT : Vanessa C-bianco
NE : Ghakkelde aurelia

Latin name: Polygonia c-album

Size: Has a wingspan of around 45mms.

Distribution: Found throughout England, Wales and many parts of Scotland

Months seen: April to November.

Habitat: Woodlands and gardens.

Food: Nectar.

Special features: Only 100 years ago this ragged looking butterfly was almost extinct in Britain. The reason for its decline is still a mystery, but from 1830 to 1920 sightings in the southern counties of England were reduced to just one or two. It wasn't until around 1930 that numbers started to increase. Today the comma is a familiar sight in southern England and Wales.

The underside of their wings are a dull brown colour, with a small white 'C' shaped marking, which gives the butterfly its name.

During winter they hibernate on the lower branches of trees. With their wings closed they resemble a dead leaf, and can remain perfectly camouflaged throughout the winter.

In earlier years, almost every village had a brew-house, with a field of hops close by, and the hop was the favourite food plant of the comma caterpillars. The caterpillars are black and white in colour and resemble bird droppings. It was the caterpillars affinity with the hop fields which earned them the nickname of 'hop-cats'. With fewer hop growers around today the caterpillars have to make do with stinging nettles.

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Ciao Jaqueline. Not best sharp but light and colours very good. Very well the diagonal pose.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-30 12:22]
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Merci Jacqueline,tu as ecoute' mon appel cette nuit..ehehe...je suis tres content de retrouver une nouvelle photo dans ta galerie,especiellement parce que tu es une garancie de qualite'!Magnifique,difficile et etrange prise de vue,parfaite capture particulierement des details,excellente aussi la composition! Merci de partager,j'espere de ne devoir attendre encore 2 semaines pour la prochaine..ehehe...bonne soiree',bonne nuit et bon fin de semaine en avance,Luciano.

Brilliant image Jacqueline. I like the greenish cast on the back of the butterfly.Unusual in my opinion. Good Aperture settings and lovely strong colors.Well chosen viewing angle.Very interesting notes too.
George Veltchev

Ciao Jacqueline, lovely comma in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jacqueline,
quelle belle photo de ce papillon, une image originale avec une très bonne netteté et splendides couleurs, très joilie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Je te souhaite un bon week-end
Ciao Maurizio

Hallo Jacqueline
Absolutely viewing pleasure! So beautiful, I am actually a bit jealous, but not in an ugly way, just wish we had such beauties here, as well as the flowers. The natural sunlight in your image is outstanding and emphasise the details of both the butterfly and flower so beautifully. This is indeed one of my favourites in your portfolio. Congratulations on excellent camera work which resulted in a pleasant and tip-top end result. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Bellísima captura Jacqueline y de gran habilidad técnica. Buen encuadre del motivo y orientación del ángulo de disparo. Realismo y belleza en los colores. Buenas texturas... un excelente trabajo en definitiva.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

bonjour Jacqueline

jolie photo de ce papillon avec un excellent POV, DOF
et de la façon dont c'est cadré, superbement focusé
avec d'excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-05-01 0:20]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Different and a nice framing ...
Composition, color and detail are excellent.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-01 8:06]
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Et oui, le Robert le diable est de nouveau dans nos campagnes.
Jolie composition avec cette fleur couleur lilas. Qu'elle est-elle? As-tu une idée?

Bonne fin de journée


Loved the "contents" of your notes.
It is not always easy to get a "diagonalled" frame. Excellent job in this one.
Detailed & well focused.
Mario from COLD Calgary.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-02 4:01]

Hi Jacqueline,
beautiful presentation of this orange butterfly on the purple flower. The contrast is stunning, it gives a real nice combination and excellent presentation.
the clarity is good as the hairy body is well seen.


Hallo Jaqueline,
dieses Bild ist wunderschön.
Der Schmetterling hat sich auch einen besonders schönen Platz ausgesucht, ich mag diese Farben sehr.
Herzlichen Dank, gefällt mir sehr gut.
Liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-05-02 9:50]

Bonjour Jacqueline, les couleurs vibrent dans cette photo, c'est superbe! J'aime le contraste des couleurs et la joie qui se dégage. C'est l'été chez vous! Bye bye!


Hello Jacqueline ,

an very good picture from this butterfly fron autumn,.
Good pov with fine colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-03 10:46]

Hi Jacqueline . I have yet to see a Comma butterfly this year. Your top POV lets us see all of the wing markings which you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. Well taken all with interesting notes. TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-03 14:01]

Hello Jaqueline,
Very good presentation of this comma. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Good exposure and colours. Excellent contrast against the background.Best regards Siggi

Bonsoir Jacqueline,
schön getroffenes Portrait eines überwinterten C-Falters zeitig im Frühjahr auf Nektarsuche. Gut zu sehen, wie das helle Licht der Frühlingssonne die feinen Körperhärchen in Regenbogenfarben irisieren lässt.
Mit Dank und besten Gruessen,

Bonjour Jacqueline je prends toujours du plaisir à regarder tes photos,meme si ce n'est pas fréquent que je sois ici, belle composition et couleurs naturelles.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-07 4:57]

Hello Jacqueline,
A very nice capture of a Comma butterfly taken while feeding on the pink flowers. The open wings and body are shown with good clarity and colours and the diagonal composition is excellent.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi MF Jacqueline,

Flawless looking macro capture of this lovely comma from an interesting and unusual POV. Impressive job My dear friend!
TFS and have a nice WE!


Hi Jacqueline,
Nice diagonal composition with the butterfly and flowers.F 11 with limited depth has created a two layered image with good foreground sharpness showing intricate subject details.Great job and TFS.

Bonjour Jaqueline,
la belle photographie. Excellent POV, la netteté et le contraste, la composition grande
compliments et Merci pour le partage
Bonjour Vanni

Bonjour Jacqueline!
Probably this is one of the most commont Nymphalidae species here in TN gallery, but who cares? This image is really nice for watching! :)
I like natural light, composition and colouration.
And more over, the note is informative.
All the best from Lodz,

Bonjour Jacqueline
J'aime beaucoup le robert le diable, avec ses découpes particulières, et ses teintes orangées lumineuses.
merci pour ce portrait

Bonsoit Jacqueline,

Les fleurs cadrent bien le papillon. la prise de vue rapprochée permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du papillon Gamma. L'image est claire et précise. La lumière de l'après-midi a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-24 18:00]

Hello Jacqueline,
Colours WOW, oranges, lavenders, greens and black. Beautiful, and the details are very sharp as well. Great work Jacqueline, thank you.

salut Jacqueline
I missed this shot. I can visit it now.
you nicely captured this beautiful Comma on purple flowers. nicely focused and composed. thanks for sharing.
have a good night and have a nice new week

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