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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-24 14:22
Viewed: 4025
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I guess i mentioned the purple Buddleja bush/tree at
my work in previous postings...a couple days ago i was
not just lucky with a few Pained Ladies, but with a
Polygonia c-album too.
So, i thought i will show this one first, before i get
back to Painted Ladies and Hoverflies again. *g*


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

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

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.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma_(butterfly)]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
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Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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Guten Abend, Thorsten!

Great macro shot of the beautiful butterfly on lavender flowers!
Well controlled DOF with great POV and good control on sharpness, especially the eyes...marvellous! The blurred background gives nice contrast in your picture.

Have a nice weekend.

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-24 14:36]

Hi Thorsten,what a beautiful composition! Not only a butterfly,but a spectacular festival of colors,the flower too is a great beauty! Top quality of sharpness and colors.My best compliments,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO

Hello Thor,

A great capture with vivid colors, sharpness & variation details. Well done & TFS.



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-24 14:49]

Hola amigo,
precioso trabajo de colores atractivos y selecto encuadre...
detalles y alta calidad.
saludos Thorsten.

Bonito encuadre y buen control de la luz, aunque casi al límite. realismo acusado y naturalidad del conjunto. Esa Canon y ese Sigma hacen maravillas :-)

Saludos Thorsten: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Thorsten,

You have here an butterfly photographed that I haven't till yet.
Good composition and details.
Fine colours.


hello Thorsten
very fine composition,the colours luminous and great,the details too,beautiful photo

Privet, Thor,
Superb! My compliments! I like your macro shot, excellent colours!
have a nice weekend!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-25 2:00]

Hello Thorsten
Nice composition and excellent details
Well done
Have a nice week-end

Hello Thorsten,

Fantastic capture of this beautiful butterfly.
Natural colours with great details.
Lighting and definition are excellent.
Good note.

Hi Thor

Excellent composition on thi spopular bush, just stand and shoot, how lucky you were.
Great sharpness and DOF.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-25 3:27]

Great capture...sharp, lovely colors. Wonderful light. Congratulation!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-25 8:00]

Hola Thorsten.
Both, the Butterfly and the flower looks beautiful in this frame. Very sharp and light.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-25 8:07]

Hello Thorsten,
Beautiful and technical very good photo. The colours are very clear and the composition is excellent. Good sharpness, details, OOF BG, DOF and POV.

hello Thor
great sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-07-25 10:01]

Hello Thorsten,
I hope we'll soon see this lovely butterfly on our butterfly bush (Buddleia) here too! A great capture showing the Comma sharply in focus. Lovely colours and a fine composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-25 12:14]

Hi Thorsten. This is often one of the first colouful butterflies i see in the spring. This is a healthy looking one. Which you have taken with fine detai land rich colours. Stands out well on the purple lilac . Well done tFs.

Hello Thorsten
i like comma butterflies and her very special shape on her wings, and you have captured this one in a wonderful way, i like the composition and the decor, the pose of this beautiful purple flowerand the crisp clear details are amazing
Have a great sunday

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