The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a species of butterfly, common in the United Kingdom and with a distribution across 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.
This one was spotted at Llanelli, South Wales.

Nikon D300 – Sigma 105mm DG Macro lens

Featured in the Country Bumpkin group JULY 2010.


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I originate from Lancashire but now I am based in Blaenavon, South Wales. I am an Aerospace technician and Semi-Pro Photographer which takes me all over the UK.

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  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangeralmost 4 years ago

    Superb,I haven’t seen one yet this year!

  • Thanks mate. Not many butterflies down here!

    – Steve Liptrot

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Sharp and clear. Beautiful.

  • Cheers David

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding! Love the rich colors and all the fine details! Wonderful composition here :^)

  • Thanks Beve

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot and clarity Steve!! I haven’t seen many butterflys over here this year yet.

  • Thanks Kate. There a bit sparse here at the moment

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thanks, much appreciated

    – Steve Liptrot

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 4 years ago

    Magnificent shot of this beauty. We do have them here, & I missed a golden opportunity to photograph a couple in the Spring of ‘09. A friend & I were hiking along a woodland trail just as these were emerging from their winter’s nap. They landed on us & generally played with us for quite a while, but neither my friend, who is a truly accomplished photographer, nor I got a single decent shot! Woe….

  • Better luck next time Shelia! Thanks

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Ann Garrett
    Ann Garrettalmost 4 years ago

    A beautiful macro :)

  • Thanks Ann

    – Steve Liptrot

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago

    A lovely capture – - – beautiful!!!

  • Thanks Lori

    – Steve Liptrot

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    This is soooo beautiful, I have only had a couple of Butterflies this summer, I usually have lots on the Budlea and thats going off now, not many flowers remaining, excellent work,

  • Thanks Ann. Seen very few this year

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Lori, appreciated as always

    – Steve Liptrot

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