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Polygonia c-album

Polygonia c-album
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-17 0:26
Viewed: 2203
Points: 42
[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, 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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Czesc Siegfried! Swietna praca, nastepna mistrzowska fotografia w Twojej kolekcji, masz cierpliwosc do makro i masz pewne oko, a takze dobra reke. Klaniam sie!

Hi MF Siggi,

A fine macro capture of a comma from lteral POV with nice details and sharpness. The composition and also DOF are excellent too.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-17 2:15]

Hallo Siegfried,
Lovely close up.Sharpness,details,BG and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-17 2:29]

Hello Siegfried, wonderful close-up shot of a c-album butterfly with nice composition and details.
TFS and G's,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-17 2:33]

Hi siegfried,
the butterfly is lovely and the background is so great in making it pretty. the pattern of the subject is so nice and very sharp.
Very strong light being tamed in good way.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-17 4:48]

Hi Siggi,the best point of view to see perfectly the famous C ! Excellents sharpness and colors,Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-17 5:22]

Very good macro, great sharpness and colors!

Hello Siggi,
Wonderful shape of this butterfly, beautiful colors and great details.

Hello Siegfried,

Good sharpness, great light and composition very well managed. It is a commendable job. Very pleasing to the eye.



Comma butterfly is a phenomenon in itself, Siegfried, and you have managed to bring forth its mark of distinction quite well in this capture of its nether wings.
Thanks for sharing this impressive image from your archives.

Ciao Siggi, wonderful polygonia against a lovely blurry BG, splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Siegfried
very good composition
great details and beautiful coloursnice shot
greeting lou

Hello Siegfried,
a very beautiful picture of the Comma taken from an excellent lateral POV showing very well the "C" and cryptic markings, very good sharpness and beautiful colours in a nice composition
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-17 12:21]

Hi Siegfried. A butterfly you only need to see the outline of to know its the comma . You took a fine close up with rich colours and fine detail. Good use of the light on the side on the butterfly. well taken TFs.

Hello Siegfried,
Amazing colours and details.
Excellent POV and composition.
Nice blurred background.

Hello Siegfried,

Another excellent capture of a beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with great details.
Lighting and composition are good.

Hello Siegfried,
Nice close up of this comma butterfly.
Great colours and fine composition.
TFS and regards,

Hallo Siegfried,

A superb macro capture of the beautiful Comma butterfly with great textural details! I like the sharpness and POV here with great natural colors. The blurry BG is perfect here. The flowers add beauty to this exceptionally well done work.

Great composition!

best regards,

Hello Siegfried,

another great shot from this butterfly with good pov, dof and blurred bg.
Fine warm colours.


Hello Siefgried... Beautiful composition and and colours...
The pattern on the wings are wonderful....

Hello Siegfried
nice profil view of this Polygonia c-album, with great details
wonderful composition, superb BG,lighting and DOF
Have a good night

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