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Among Autumn Leaves .. (25)
Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
... the Comma sleeps.

The Comma Polygonia c-album is an active, bright orange butterfly that produces two broods every year in the UK. One of the few butterflies that is doing well at present, it has expanded its range and has become a common sight in gardens in some parts.

The last brood hibernates perched head-down among dead leaves, usually choosing a plant species where the dead leaves stay attached throughout the winter, in sheltered locations such as woodland fringes. Their camouflage is extraordinary, and the wings are jagged, curled and show veins and mould spots just like decayed leaves. Those that survive the winter are back on the wing from late March, laying their eggs on Common Nettle Urtica dioica, Ribes spp., Elms Ulmus spp., Hops Humulus lupulus and Willows Salix spp..

The lighting here was a bit harsh, but in this case I think it highlights the "dead leaf" texture of the wings.

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Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
PS_autocontrast_luminance reduction
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Hi Merlin,
thank you for the number of very effective workshops you did on my pictures. Now I am taking this opportunity to return that favour by trying my freshly acquired skills on one of your old postings, a Polygonia C-album, looking a bit overexposed.

Photoshop CS
1. Autocontrast
2. Luminance reduced: -9
3. Cropping the ornamental border.

Hope you enjoy the result.
Best regards, Peter