Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Mark

The Comma Butterfly
Polygonia c-album
 
 

 


The Comma butterfly is named for comma-like mark on underside of hind wing. The ragged wings are mottled brown and resemble dead leaves which are perfect camouflage for when the adult overwinters in hedges and undergrowth. It measures 24mm,feeds on Hops Stinging Nettle and Elm, and can be seen in light woodland hedgerows and gardens.

40 comments:

Giga said...

Bardzo ładny motyl i piekne zdjęcia, a szczególnie drugie. Pozdrawiam.
Very nice and beautiful butterfly pictures, especially the second. Yours.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Stunning pictures.. Congrats and regards

Nancy said...

These are just awesome shots of this butterfly.....Have you thought of compiling a book of your gorgeous photographs?

susan said...

very prettty yellow, good ohotod

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful! we occasionally get a comma here but more often get the question mark butterfly. :)

if you set your comment setting to 'registered users - including open id' it will eliminate any anonymous comments. i have used that setting since first blogging and i rarely, if ever, get any spam comments.

Claudia said...

Beautiful shots as always.

Huds from Romania.

S. Etole said...

Such clear images.

NickMorgan said...

Great pictures. Hopefully I will soon see a Comma or two here! They moved up to this part of Scotland about eight years ago and are becoming more common.

Linda said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing.

Breathtaking said...

Giga
Thank you Giga:) Glad you like the second photo as it's the one which shows the comma mark.

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella
Thank you Anna.Always a pleasure when you pass by:)

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Nancy
Thank you Nancy:) How kind of you to suggest this idea. No I haven't thought about compiling a book,of my photos, but do make greeting cards with some choice photos, and have made videos.

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Susan
Thank you Sue:) It's more of an orange colour really, and the depth of colour depends on the time of year.

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Sonja, it's nice to be there for a moment, to live in your microcosm colorful, looking with your eyes!
Thanks! Have nice days!

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
Thank you Theresa:) Haven't seen a question mark butterfly, although they not only look similar but also share punctuation marks.

Many thanks for the info about how to prevent spam:)

Breathtaking said...

Claudia
Thank you Claudia, always so generous with your comments:)

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S. Etole
Thank you Susan:) I'm so pleased you think so,because my eyesight is not good, and I wasn't at all sure they were sharp images.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Comma Butterfly, love it.

Breathtaking said...

Nick Morgan
Thank you:)I believe you have a variety of butterflies in Scotland that the rest of the British Isles
are not fortunate enough to see!!

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Linda
Thank you Linda:) It's good to see you here.

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Rita Vaselli
Dear Rita, what a nice thing to say, but it's also how I feel when I look at your photos, and sense your genuine love of nature and beauty in all it's forms.
Hugs.

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Bob Bushell
Thank you Bob!It's nice that you visited:)

ShySongbird said...

Hi Sonjia :-) What beautiful photos! The Comma is a lovely butterfly. I was hoping I might see an early butterfly at the weekend but in the woodland I visited the only thing I found was around 35mm of snow!!

If you have been having problems with spam via anonymous comments I can heartily endorse Theresa's advice. I have my computer set like that and have hardly ever had a problem.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a breathtaking butterfly...wow. 'And just when the caterpillar thought it's life was over, it became a butterfly"...

Mary Brown said...

Butterflies are beautiful and here you have photos that show the value and your patience. Kisses

Breathtaking said...

ShySongbird
Thank you Jan:)What a shame you didn't see any butterflies over the weekend:(I long to be outdoors but the rain is relentless, and I also haven't seen any butterflies lately. These shots were taken whilst we were on holiday.

Thank you for your confirmation of Theresa's advice. I will make good use of it.

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Optimistic Existentialist
Thank you Keith:) A second chance at life is a true gift. Perhaps it would make a good subject for your next post!!:)

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Mary Brown
Thank you Brown Eyes:) Butterflies are delightful insects and I'm so pleased you like these shots.
Kisses right back to you.

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

Great series, Sonjia. This is a very beautiful butterfly. I love it. The nice colours and shape amaze me every time I see it. Last week I saw the first one in the Netherlands. I was totally surprised to see that butterfly so early in the year. Have a nice weekend. Greetings, Joke

Linda R said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos. Love them
Happy Friday!

Breathtaking said...

Joke (Jokes Camera)
Thank you Joke:)I also love this butterfly, and in spite of the dull chilly days, have seen quite a few since the beginning of March.

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Linda R
Thank you Linda:) Enjoy your weekend!

Carol said...

Absolutely beautiful portraits of the comma and the many other butterflies on your beautiful blog. So glad to have connected!

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Carol
Thank you Carol:) I hope we will see a lot of each other. Already looking forward to your next post:)

marijke said...

Lovely photo's of my favorite butterfly Sonija.
Have a great weekend.

magda said...

Congratulations my dear friend Sonjia!!!
Your photos are AMAZING!!!!
Thank you for your nice comment!
I visited your country, to Lisbon, Cascais, Estoril, Oporto.
My dream is to go to Southern Portugal, Faro etc.
The Mediterranean countries have much in common!
I wish you a HAPPY weekend!
many kisses

Breathtaking said...

marijke
Thank you Marijke:) The unusual ragged edges of this butterfly make it one of my favourite butterflies also.

I wish you a happy weekend, with better weather!

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magda
Thank you my friend, always a pleasure when you pass by. I hope you do visit the south of Portugal one day, where I have spent many happy holidays. I'm sure you would love it. I live north of POrto but If you ever come to Porto again please get in touch.
Hugs and kisses.

Maria said...

Beautiful images. At the MOSI museum in Tampa they let me take pictures in their butterfly garden.

Breathtaking said...

Maria
Thank you Maria:)That's great! When you post some it will be a treat. I believe that a new butterfly garden is opening some time this summer, about 1hr and 30min away from where we live, and I'm also hoping to take some photos there.

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