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The new season begins

The new season begins
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-02-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-04-05 13:56
Viewed: 251
Points: 16
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This year the butterfly season started very early due to the incredibly hot weather. I already had many photos but I preferred to finish the series of my travels abroad before starting .. now we are ready!

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Polygonia
Species: P. c-album

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 or 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.


La vanessa c-bianco deve il suo nome al curioso disegno a forma di c nella pagina inferiore delle ali. E' caratterizzata da un colore fulvo a macchie più scure. Vive in ambienti con fiori ai margini dei boschi e dei giardini

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-04-05 18:07]

An informative NOTE that helps to understand, beautiful color and nice catch. TFS.

Hello Luciano,
Indeed here in Europe a new spring time begins with lovely butterfly species....
The weather in my country is warm for 2-3 days and cold for another 2-3 days, changing continuously.....not good for butterflies....

Nice sharp image.

Hello Luciano,
Perfect shot, no doubt. Excellent low ground level piv6to dhow this beauty in its world. Great details and sharpness as usual 👌.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and Keep shooting,

Ciao Luciano, bella Comma, magnifici colori, splendida nitidezza e ottimi dettagli, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano

Beautiful butterfly macro, fine POV to show the beautiful shape and patterns,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, beautiful light, TFS


Hi Luciano,
This species (and a few other butterflies as well) always means spring made its final, successful kick on winter - at least in Europe. So, a c-album is always spectacular. :-) Especially on such a fantastic photo, with great classical composition, mesmerizing lights, well saturated colors and perfect shallow depth of field. Exceptional shot, huge congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Bonjour Luciano,

Les feuilles cadrent bien l'insecte. La prise d evue permet de voir les détails du papillon Robert-le-Diable. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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