I was delighted to see this Comma in my South London garden recently – looks like letting the garden grow wilder is paying off! The comma is so called because of the white “comma” punctuation mark on the underside of the wing. This fellow was obliging enough to let me photograph the underside, so I have made an insert to show his namesake.

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
ISO: 560
Exposure: 1/30 sec at f/16

ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/50 sec at f/16

Post Processing: Photoshop CS3

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  • MaddyPaddy
    MaddyPaddyabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful Shot!

  • Thank you Maddy, luckily this fellow was a born poser allowing me to get many shots!

    – John Hooton

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 6 years ago

    very nice…

  • Thanks George, I love butterflies, in fact I love anything with wings!

    – John Hooton

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosabout 6 years ago
    Ohh..very nice John!!! Fancy seeing that litle mark and naming it after “it”…*-)
  • Thanks Debs, I forgot to mention that another identifying characteristic of this species is the jagged edge of the wings. Best seen here on the insert.

    – John Hooton

  • hirst
    hirstabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful, we have a few of these around here, but so far I have not been able to capture one, they just flay past fast! I do like the insert, well done!

  • Thank you Shirley. Indeed, it was most unusual how this chap sat around for half an hour or more on nothing other than a tomato plant, especially with me poking a lens at him just inches away. Must have a contract with a model agency or something! LOL. :-))

    – John Hooton

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraalmost 6 years ago

    Wow…..fantastic capture!! I have never seen one like this! I love how you put the insert in, so we could see the his “mark”! Great work John… XX… :)

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot John, love the insert, also envious as i don’t know how to do that LOL.great info too

  • Thanks for those kind words Sharon. The insert is easy enough. I used CS3 but Elements is just as good. Many other programs probably work the same way for this.

    Open the main pic, them open the pic for the insert and scale it accordingly. Add a a border frame if required. You can then select the insert (Ctrl-A) and copy and paste it to your main image or I think you can also drag the entire insert on to the image using the Move tool.

    – John Hooton

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely shot, lovely comma.
    I have a comma caterpillar munching his way through a bunch of nettle leaves in a HUGE container. Hopefully soon he’ll pupate and I’ll be midwife at a butterfly birth again.

  • Thank you for your comment and info Jesika. Remind me when he hatches so I can send a ‘Congratulations’ card. :-s)

    – John Hooton

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettalmost 6 years ago

    I just noticed your tips John, thank you so much I shall give it a go :))

  • lorilee
    lorilee8 months ago


  • Thank you. Commas were in abundance this year (2013).

    – John Hooton

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