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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: 2010-06
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-29 0:29
Viewed: 2159
Points: 30
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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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To jlinaresp: Polygoniasiggi 1 06-29 08:46
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hallo siggi,
sehr schöne aufnahme, beschränkt auf das wesentliche,den schmetterling. gute arbeit, weiter so...

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-29 1:15]

Hi Siggi
What a great shot of this Comma.
Perfect details and colors.
I like the beautiful light!

One wing slightly out of focus, but the overall impression of this sparingly seen butterfly is excellent, Siegfried.
I suppose you wanted to retain the entire leaf as a perch for the subject; that justifies excess space behind it.
Well done and TFS.

Ciao Siegfried. Very good lightning compo with brigh natural colours. Best compliments.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-29 8:03]

Hi Siggi,

Splendid lights and colors, great details, TFS!

Hello Siegfried,
Good POV and nice color saturation...Is it a picture taken at dawn?.
Excellent attachment, it is interesting to know how the population fluctuations of this kind in decades past! truly unique!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-29 9:01]

Hi Siggi,maybe isn't your best pic,the focus is good only on the half of polygonia,i think that was so far from you and was difficult to make better.Excellents colors and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-29 10:51]

Hello Siggi,
A good macro with nice colors and great POV.Fine details and perfect composition.TFS.
Best regards,

Ciao Siggi, beautiful Polygonia with splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Siegfried,
Very natural colours and clarity. Amazing details with good light and focus.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-06-29 12:41]

Czesc Siggi!

Bardzo ladne zdjecie popularnej rusalki. Szczegolnie podoba mi sie cieple swiatlo i nasycone kolory. Ujecie z rozmytymi liscmi w tle wyglada super.

Hello Siegfried
Excellent photo, excellent POV, beautiful colors with great contrast and sharpness.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

Hallo Siggi,

ein wirklich schönes Bild mit tollen Farben. Gefällt mir sehr gut!

Ich weiss nicht ob ich einen knick in der Optik habe ider ob der Fokus etwas vor dem Schmetterling liegt, sozusagen auf den Blattspitzen.

Das ändert an der der Schönheit der Aufnahme jedoch nichts.

Viele liebe Grüße in mein altes Bundesland NRW ;O)


Hello Siegfried
fine shot of this comma, lovely pose, great details on butterfly and leaf
very nice great BG and also beautiful lighting
Have a good night

Halo Siggi
Das Licht, zweifellos Endes von Tages, ist heiß, und sanft(süß), das wickelt deinen Schmetterling gelben Orangefarbtones ein, den ich viel schätze.
Danke Siggi für diesen Erfolg

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