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The Comma (Polygonia c-album)

The Comma (Polygonia c-album)
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 8:52
Viewed: 2612
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-24 9:09]

Hi Pawel,
excellent image of this comma, perfect composition, diagnol position of the comma, good vibrant color of the buterfly greatly supported by clear and soft BG. good work.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-24 9:39]

Hello Pawel,
Brilliant sharp capture of this Comma against a green smooth background. Lovely light and colours and a beautiful composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-06-24 10:21]

hello pawel,
wonderful picture of this butterfly.excellent composition and POV

Excellent shot Pawel!
Very good focus and colours. A nice composition. TFS,

Hi Pawel
Nice shot of this colorful butterfly.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-06-24 11:56]


Widzę kolejnego ładnego motyla.
Bardzo dobra ostrość i naturalne kolory. Oczywiście kompozycja też bardzo dobra



I a hurry a just marking excellent pictures today. Be back later.



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-24 14:53]

Czesc Pawel!

Bardzo ladne macro rusalki. Podoba mi sie uchwycona poza - jakby zrywala sie do lotu. Ladne swiatlo i kolory, pieknie rozmyte tlo.

Hola Pawel,
Preciosa composición con gran nitidez y detalle de esta bella mariposa, me gusta la luz y color tan natural obtenido. Saludos
José Ramón

Swietne zdjecie, wszystko tak jak powinno byc/

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-28 4:19]

Hi Pawel.
I am amazed a lot with so fine shot of beautiful butterfly and so wonderful surroundings. Your skill and quality of the lens demonstrate all features. Amazing DOF and sharpness, terrific smooth and colourful BG, great composition of the image and very impressive POV. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

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