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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-14 6:55
Viewed: 3059
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Did you missed this butterfly the last few days? Okay here it is again. For me the first Comma.

The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a species of butterfly, common in most parts of 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. It has a wingspan of ca. 42-50 mm.

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.

Source: Mostly Wikipedia.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-14 7:07]

Hello Peter,
This year I have missed the Comma in my garden and have not taken any shots of it so far.
This is a nice capture, well composed with saturated colours and good overall sharpness to show the upper surface of the wings with fine clarity.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Peter

An excellent shot here, great angle and a nice full frame, Your DOF is just right and the colour saturation also very good. Interesting and informative notes finish this post off very nicely.
Thank you for sharing
Kind regards Helen

P.S.You can find me and more of my images here Perfectly Captured do come and share your images with us too.

Hello Peter,

This is a beautiful capture of this Comma butterfly with brilliant colors, sharpness & details. Nicely done & TFS.

Have a great weekend & Regards


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-08-14 8:09]

Hello Peter, excellent close up of this colourful butterfly with nice composition and details.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful Comma. Nice top view with well saturated colors. Very well done and tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-14 9:57]

Hello Peter,
Very nice shot here. The exposure looks to be perfect. Beautiful color saturation and sharp detail. Excellent shot my friend!
Best regards Siggi

Hallo Peter,

dit is er eentje dat ik niet heb.
Mooie pov en dof met veel detail.
Prachtige kleuren.

groet Gert

Selam Peter,
A good macro shot of this butterfly.
Nice colors and sharpness,details.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6520 W: 89 N: 15623] (65351)
  • [2009-08-14 11:20]

Hi Peter,what a beautiful perspective,this comma seem suspended in the nothing.Impressive quality of sharpness and colors also whitout the light of sun! Great crop and point of view...my best compliments,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO

Hi peter
An excellent close up capture of a comma b-fly from fine POV with grat details and wonderful composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-14 14:29]

Hi Peter

We get very very few of these butterflies where I live (there has been an alarming drop in Peacocks and Red Admirals this year too). Great pov and detail.

Best wishes


hello Peter!
a good close up of Polygonia c-album caught with its natural and vivid colors of wings

best regards sERGIO

Hey there, Peter!
What a lovely POV and pose!
The DOF you've achieved is superb!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-08-15 4:14]

Merhaba Dostum Peter!
Enfs bir zemin üzerindeki bu kelebeği kusursuzca ve tümgüzelliğini sergileyen bir karede sunmuşsun. Netlik, renkler ve detaylar enfes. Tebrikler...

Hello Peter

Terrific detail and colour.
It is sharp and well focused.
Excellent DOF and POV.
Nicely composed in the frame.
The OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


Wonderful again!
Sharp, natural colors, lovely capture!
Best regards, Mariana

hallo peter
deze heb ik even gemist ,maar nu dan toch
super compositie ,scherpte is ok en mooie achtergrond
bedankt voor je berichten
en een goed weekend
groetjes lou

Hello Peter
the Comma is a very beautiful butterfly and this year, i have seen much more of the species as the years before, i was very happy
you have taken this one superbly, great pose and POV, vivid colors, beautiful BG and superb contrast between green and orange
very great shot for a first one
Have a great sunday

hello Peter

excellent photo of this butterfly with fine POV and appropriate framing,
superb focus on it with great sharpness and details, very beautiful
luminosity of the image and wonderfully blurred background, TFS


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-08-16 3:33]

merhaba peter
i undrerstand your emotion about this impressive and beautiful butterfly
composition, POV, colours and details are great

Hello Peter, great one. Perfect details and composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-08-16 10:29]

Bright, warm, beautiful! This is superb, Peter, I like the simplicity of the composition, allowing us to look at all the details of this beautiful insect. And thanks for the notes!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-17 3:41]

Hi Peter,
beautiful and really lovely to see this nice butterfly in great details. Well composed in nice pose and positioning.
Great crop to work on its body features.


Ciao Peter. Great light, good colours and excellent details. Great macro, again!


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-08-20 22:38]

Hallo Peter,

In Belgium, we have also this butterlfy. I have seen one early in july.
Great shot with excellent colours!


Ciao Peter, great macro of beautiful comma, splendid colors, wonderful blurry BG, fine details, perfect focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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