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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-14 5:44
Viewed: 3618
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Comma butterfly - Polygonia c-album

Another shot from last summer.
This unusual butterfly is one of the first to appear in Spring,sometimes as early as March.
They hibernate overwinter as adults on tree branches,their dark underwings closely resemble dead leaves.There is a tiny white C shaped mark on the underwing which gives them their name.
Caterpillars live singly on Stinging Nettles, Hops, Gooseberries, Elm and Hazel leaves. The first third of the caterpillar body is a russet colour, the remainder being white and the underside reddish and is armed with spines. The chrysalis hangs head downwards.
This species was almost extinct in the UK in the early 20th century but since the 1930's numbers have risen and the population is spreading northwards.

saguzar, phlr, sandpiper2, honza, wallhalla15, dew77, metcher, liquidsunshine, coasties, PDP, naimonetti, Luc, Signal-Womb has marked this note useful
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Hello Andy,
Very nice pic. Good colours, details and focus.
Useful note.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-14 5:58]

Very nice shot with wings wide spread!
Very good POV!
It's a very beautiful Nymphalidae.
Very good colours and details!
Very good BG and DOF too!
Rare specie in Portugal.

Hi Andy,
Running late, have to go mf..
But well deserved :-) Excellent capture.
Keep em' coming!

Nice one Andy. Good details and POV. Crazy shape these guys and you've captured it well.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-14 7:03]
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Very nice photo of the butterfly. Perfect composition, details and beautiful colors.

your photo really shows the amazing shapes of the wings and the colours.

Hello Andy,
this is a great macro shot, great sharpness, details, clarity and colours, very nice POV/DOF too. Excellent composition. Thanks for sharing.

Has different kind of wings, this one.
Great shot with excellent DOF.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-14 11:20]

Hello Andy!
Wonderful close up.Vivid colors,POV,details,sharpness
and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi, Andy.
Good macro. Interesting butterfly, strange wings. Sharp, with nice composition and colors.

Good shot, nice lighting and detail.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-14 14:10]
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very nice one Andy,
i like the shot, the quality is nice, it is good taken and the dof is great, good pov too, very nice job.
gr. jaap

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-14 14:23]
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Hi Andy,
Excellent capture of beautiful butterfly,
good focus on both wings, very nice colour,
great details and composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Well captured Andy,
Good clear detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Andy

Fantastic shot. Good POV and light. Lovely depth of colour. Tack sharp with crisp, clear details. Good work. Thanks.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-15 6:46]

Félicitations ce papillon est trčs joli et la prise de vue est excellente.

Merci Andy!


Good colour and pleasant POV, nice work, well done!


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-15 18:29]

Hello Andy, this is a nice shot of the comma. I love hte colours of these chaps. Good composition and a nice reminder of summer!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-16 16:52]

Hello Andy ,very nice photo from the butterfly ,good colours and details good pov ,good compositie , good job greeting Teunie .

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-02-19 6:12]

Hello Andy,

Your butterfly-pictures are great. Good colors and well exposed. I like the composition on this one. Well done & TFS!


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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-21 14:30]

Hi Andy.
Wonderful composition, great colors sharpness and details,very nice photo.
I wait more buttefly photos critiques and comments.
Saludos desde Mexico....RICARDO.

Incredible focus and colors again. Your photos are very nice. Thank you for sharing them.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-24 23:47]

Thank you, Gabi.
Sorry, I have no time these days to write complete comments.
Very well done. Well deserved icon.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-01 7:04]

Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting butterfly that you have very well captured ! I like its wings shape and colors. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Andy and thanks for sharing.

Wow, this one really caught my eye Andy. I thought at first this may have been wing damage but no what a great specimen. Nice compo and beautiful colours and markings, well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-05 13:49]

Hi Andy,
Really rare BF! Perfect details, color, BG, composition and POV.
José M.

Hello Andy!

Very nice macro you've got here with nice details shown in the special wings.. Cod contrast and beautiful colors:)
God job:)


Excellent picture of a wonderful butterfly! Superb colors and great composition. Exposure and details are perfect! Job well done! Congratulations and TFS!


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