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Polygonia c-album

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 March 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Polygonia c-album (NL: Gehakkelde aurelia / EN: Comma / DE: C-Falter / FR: Robert-le-Diable) is a species of butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. It has a white marking on its underwings in the form of a "c" resembling a comma ("c-album" in the scientific name). The wings have a distinctive ragged edge, apparently a cryptic form as the butterfly resembles a fallen leaf ("Polygonia" in the scientific name: "polus" = many ; "gonia" = angle). Forewings are between 20 and 26 mm. This species can survive 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 colored 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. Research on this subject is still going on to get a full explannation.

Image: Ranst (BE) - 05/03/2013

Canon EOS 7D 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 200 150 mm

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marceline from tournai, Belgium

wow, quel profil !! un détail superbement bien maitrisé ! bravo à toi..

18 Mar 2013 6:47am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful frame, colors, lights & detail!

18 Mar 2013 9:28am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Stunning detail.

18 Mar 2013 9:42am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

excellent serie with this butterfly, the close up is very impressive

22 Mar 2013 6:43am

Canon EOS 7D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm