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Copyright: Slawek Chudy (chudy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC-H10, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3,5-4,4/6,3-63
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-09 15:01
Viewed: 3218
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
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, 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.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Polygonia
Species: P. c-album
Binomial name
Polygonia c-album
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Nymphalis c-album


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Good POV for an artistic taken of the C! Bit hard the shadow on the body but perfect DOF and amazing BG. Well done Slawek!


Witaj Slawku,
Swietny kadr, motylek gotowy do startu z pieknego kwiatu, podobaja mi sie kolory.

Hi Slawek,

Well captured image of the Comma butterfly in its natural habitat, and its not easy to photograph butterflies in the wild, i know ive tried with no success,

Good composition nice colours and keep up the good work, TFS!


PS Interesting foot note.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-10 1:19]

Hallo Slawek,
Piekne cieple kolory motyla,kwiatkow i planu.Calosc bardzo ladnie wywarzona wszystko w bardzo dobrej normie.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hallo Slawek,
a good capture of the Comma in a beautiful pose on a marvellous flower, interesting and unusual point of the view, very good neutral BG.
Best regards

Czesc Slawku,
swietny close-up. Niesamowita ostrosc przy odpowiedniej glebi ostrosci. Dzieki temu uzyskales naprawde super atmosfere zdjecia. Kolory piekne.

Ciao Slawek, original POV, beautiful composition with lovely flower and wonderful blurry BG, splendid light and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Slawek,
What a beautiful POV giving great composition. Well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-13 3:13]

It's a very artistic way to capture a butterfly.Usually this point of view is perfect for the flowers,but i like a lot this result,an excellent composition and quality too,and wasn't easy..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi Slawek,
Beautiful and artistic photo of the comma from a very interesting and uncommon POV. Great sharpness, pleasant composition, nice colors - and the sepia-type background is unbeatable! Bravo!
Have a happy Easter, friendly regards, Wladek

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