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Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly
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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: 2015-06-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-09-15 17:17
Viewed: 1917
Points: 23
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Polygonia c-album

The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a species of butterfly belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Its irregular wing edges are characteristic of the Polygonia genus, which is why they are commonly called anglewings. It is found in northern Africa and across Europe from Portugal through Asia as far as Japan. Its dorsal wings are colourful but its underside has a pattern that camouflages it when its wings are held together.

Polygonia c-album has a wingspan of about 45 millimetres (1.8 in). The underside of the wings of this butterfly are a dull brown colour, with a small white 'C' shaped marking resembling a comma (hence the common name).[The wings have a distinctive ragged edge, apparently a cryptic form as the butterfly resembles a fallen leaf.
These butterflies hibernate, so they could be seen all around the year, but the active flying period extends from April to November, depending on location.Adults feed on nectar, mainly of Thistles (Cirsium and Carduus spp.), but also on Bramble (Rubus fruticosus), Ivy (Hedera helix), Knapweeds (Centaurea spp.), and Privet (Ligustrum vulgare).
Females lay up to 275 green eggs, which turn yellow and ultimately grey before hatching. The caterpillars are also cryptic. They are black and white, resembling a bird dropping. In the U.K the larvae feed on Hop (Humulus lupulus), Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), Elm (Ulmus species), and Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum); in other parts of its distribution it also feeds on Sallow (Salix species), Corylus avellana and Birch (Betula species).
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, resembling a dead leaf, a perfect camouflage throughout the winter. The majority of the offspring have this dark form.
The form that develops directly to sexual maturity (hutchinsoni form) has lighter coloured 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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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-15 19:38]

Hello Jacqueline,
We are neighbors today and even posted very similar butterflies...how neat is that! I love the full opened wing pose of this beautiful Comma Butterfly. Rich orange and black colors on intricately designed wings make this quite an eye catcher. Nicely posed on what appears to be Queen Anne's Lace and displaying excellent detail. Love the clean blurred BG. Well done!!

Ciao Jacqueline, great macro of lovely butterfly, nice composition with beautiful flowers, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Trés belle macro Jacqueline.

Merci pour le partage.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-09-16 1:30]

Hello Jacqueline,
Beautiful picture in nice contrasting colours against the white colours of the flower. Good sharp focus on the center of the photo. Nice blurry background too.

Hello Jacqueline, A nice picture of this beautiful butterfly on white flower. Sharp focus and well composed. Very well done. JC

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-09-16 2:32]

Salut Jacqueline.Une capture de haut niveau de cette espece completement disparue chez moi dans cette saison.Une persective originale et gagnante,avec details excellents et couleurs magnifiques.Belle journee' et....bonne nuit aussi...ehehe...Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-09-16 2:52]

Hello Jaqueline,
Exceptional photo of this difficult to photograph butterfly. Superior sharpness and color tone. Excellent DOF.Regards Sigi

Bonjour Jacqueline

Très beau macro avec cette pose dynamique du papillon,
excellent focus, netteté, détail, et très beau contraste, TFS


After Ron's 'Question Mark', it's a 'Comma' from Jacqueline. Wonderful! We are into punctuation mode today!!
Eye-catching composition with the butterfly looking so beautiful on the white flowers.
Thanks for sharing this marvellous image.

Hello Jacqueline,

Now watching upper part of the wing of Coma Butterfly, after Silvio's post. Very nice BG with splendid color and sharpness. White flowers look nice here. Good work....
Thanks for sharing,

hallo Jacqueline
Great sharpness picture with very good details and beautiful colours
nice soft BG to
thanks gr lou

Hello Jacqueline,
It is a pleasure viewing this photo. Amazing sharpness and excellent DOF. Outstanding composition. The light and details are great. I meet this specie often in the last years but now it is a very rare specie in my region....

Hi Jacqueline,
Interesting PoV, but the composition is not what I can fully like, the functionless blank space right (back from the butterfly) is too much and too few in front of the insect, plus the closer wing is out of focus. Colors are good though, as well as contrast.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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