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Polygonia c-album

Polygonia c-album
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Copyright: Angelo Nardo (nardophoto) (9818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tokina AF 100mm F/2.8 AT-X PRO D Macro, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-26 2:08
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Polygonia c-album (Nymphalis c-album)

Distribution: Much of France and eastwards across Central Europe to S Finland, extremely local in N Spain. Sporadic and local across range. Can be common where found, but usually at low density.

Identification: This species and the Southern Comma, P. egea, are distinctive. They have highly scalloped wings, looking like a dead leaf with wings closed. The uppersides are rich orange brown with darker brown spots. The two species are separated:

- richer darker butterfly, less scalloped wings c-album; paler butterfly, fewer dark markings and more deeply scalloped wings egea.

Upperside (underside too, of course, but not visible from below):
- inner margin: deeply curved in c-album, small indent in egea.

- white comma on the underside hindwing: rather U-shaped with a small hooks at the ends in the c-album , V-shaped "sans-serif" (no hooks) in egea.
- underside general mottling: confused and broken up in c-album, striated and parallel in egea.
- underside with row of green-blue spots in post discal area in c-album, no spots in egea.

Flight time: The first generation emerges around June/ July. There is a partial second generation in August/ September. The butterfly hibernates as an adult, emerging on the first warm days of spring in March or April. For more detail about the remarkable breeding strategy, see additional notes.

Habitat: Woodland and gardens. Larvae feed on various plants such as Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), Sallows (Salix), Elms (Ulmus) and Currents (Ribes).

Behaviour: Often one of the first butterflies on the wing after hibernation in spring. Hibernates as an adult where its cryptic underside markings and broken wing shape make the butterfly look like a dead leaf. It rests amongst leaves and on tree truncks, possibly also inside outbuildings.
from: http://www.eurobutterflies.com/species_pages/egea.htm

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Bonjour Angelo,
De belles couleurs pour ce papillon tout en netteté.

Ciao Angelo, splendida Polygonia egea ad ali aperte, meno comune della comma,. brillanti colori e ottima nitidezza, bella macro, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6480 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2011-08-26 3:04]

Ciao Angelo,un gran bel regalo per tutti i fans delle farfalle,perfetta posizione delle ali per una messa a fuoco totale dei dettagli e gradevolissima saturazione per riprodurre al meglio gli splendidi colori della Polygonia.Complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano

Ciao Angelo,
splendida macro, non si tratta di Polygonia egea, ma della più diffusa e comune Plygonia c-album, in Polygonia egea sono molto meno evidenti le macchie nere e ha una colorazione complessivamente più tenue.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine di settimana
Ciao maurizio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-26 13:57]

Ciao Angelo,
splendida immagine di questa Polygonia C-album. Ottima nitidezza e dettaglio, splendidi colori e grande stacco con uno sfondo molto gradevole.
Sinceri complimenti

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