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White Comma butterfly top (Polygonia c-album) Dutch name: Gehakkelde aurelia Comma,Geotagged,Polygonia c-album,The Netherlands Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

White Comma butterfly top (Polygonia c-album)

Dutch name: Gehakkelde aurelia

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  1. Last week I heard on dutch radio that the average number of butterfly (sub-)species in summertime in a dutch garden (that's a long sentence:)) was 15.
    In our garden we have two large butterfly bushes (don't know the english equivalent, thus freely translated) but I can't say we've reached 15 by far.
    This one is too sharp, beautiful creature!
    Posted 6 years ago
    1. 15 sounds a lot to me indeed. I would say like 5 or so, I dont even know of many more species.
      Maybe if you count all the moths as well you might get closer to 15. Those moths you hardly see and with moths like silk moths where there is a different specie every plant the number of species increases rapidly.
      Posted 6 years ago
  2. What a basic name, Comma, for such a pretty one:) Posted 6 years ago
    1. I indeed find just 'comma' a bit short (I have named the picture 'white comma' to make it a bit more distinctive.)
      The c-album (meaning white C) in the name refers to the clearly visible white C sign on the side of the wings.

      You can see it on Ferdy's photo:
      Fritillary Macro 1/2 We don't use the apples from the apple tree in our garden, so we'll just let birds and insects eat them. Where others find them a pest, we find it beautiful.<br />
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This probably is a fritillary butterfly, but I'm not sure which one. The butterfly looks fairly dull this way, but reveals bright orange wings when opened. Comma,Heesch,Macro,Polygonia c-album

      Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
      1. I didn't know about that C-sign, thanks for that info! Posted 6 years ago
  3. Wow, Joost, wat is the weather like @ your place, or Ferdy's? I just left strijp-s ehv for home and the flashes are so frequent yet distant, so amazingly undutch. I don't hear any thunder and would not want to be caught in it. Yet I'd make some amazing lightning shots without any effort if I was any closer. Now in Weert I still see the flashes, sometimes several each second for many seconds. Just like the tropics;) how about that for a climate shift. Hope some of us are closer yet out of trouble and make a photo or two. Be safe, all. Signing off, going to bed. Posted 6 years ago
    1. I've been at the campus all day and outside it was "pressing" hot, but as an office clerk I've mostly been around airco.

      Back home it's reasonably cool here. Had a tiny shower but no big lighting yet. I do see a red dot on buienradar moving towards me.
      Posted 6 years ago
    2. Indeed I can't remember having seen the flashes so frequent before.
      The storm itself was short with heavy rain and strong winds.
      I was not able to make a decent photo, but did record a video to show the frequent flashes. This was after the storm past by.
      Posted 6 years ago, modified 6 years ago
      1. Astonishing frequency, was it! Thx for recording, it was the same over here a bit more south. Posted 6 years ago
  4. By the way, beautiful shot, which is promoted. This butterfly looks so much more beautiful with open wings. Posted 6 years ago

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The Comma is a species of butterfly belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Its irregular wing edges are characteristic of the ''Polygonia'' genus, which is why they are commonly called anglewings. It is found in northern Africa and across Europe from Portugal through Asia as far as Japan. Its dorsal wings are colourful but its underside has a pattern that camouflages it when its wings are held together.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Joost Thissen
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By Joost Thissen

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Uploaded Aug 15, 2012. Captured Jul 22, 2012 15:28 in Heerstraatpad, 6285 Epen, The Netherlands.
  • SLT-A55V
  • f/10.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO100
  • 90mm