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Bad winter for the Comma

Bad winter for the Comma
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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: 2017-03-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-03-08 12:32
Viewed: 1169
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second butterfly of the season. She also came out recently from hibernation, but it was not a good winter observing his ruined wings ...

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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Hello Luciano

Since I am less active in TN as before (the previous years) it is rare that
we are neighbours, today we are neighbours so lets celebrate this event. :)

Excellent macro of this butterfly, from a very fine POV, excellent light,
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS



To survive a full winter is a great achievement for this butterfly, Luciano. Despite its physical condition, it looks quite perky and alert to me with its wings open.
The light conditions were ideal when you shot this picture.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-03-08 19:45]

Hello Luciano,
As you already stated, it didn't Winter over very well judging by the shape of its wings. You still captured this little butterfly in excellent detail and lovely color tones. Very good exposure and displayed in an attractive composition.
It is still a bit early here in Ohio for any butterfly sightings, but hopefully it wont be too long before they emerge from their hiding places.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2017-03-09 1:42]

Excellent picture of this species. Iteresting what you are sharing about that they almos desapear in 1920.
Congratulation for the picture.

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les feuilles aident au cadrage du papillon. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Robert-le-Diable. La bonne luminosité rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Jolie photo.
Belles couleurs.

Ciao Luciano, 2-0, ma domani spero di rimontare, oggi volavano, ma c'era n gran vento, vecchiotta e malmessa,ha passato l'invero malamente, ma domani mi accontenterei anche di questa, qualità al solito super, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful butterfly picture. Good composition and DOF. well exposure too. Nice sharp picture. Just cloned out upper white spot; just bellow the upper frame line. It will look better, in my opinion.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice WE,

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