Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The Comma Butterfly

The Comma Butterfly is another one of the hibernating over winter species. Its usually the first butterfly sighting I make in Spring, but this year was beaten into third place.
The book says that this species hibernates in woodland and in Spring the males will establish a territory in open sunny spots along the woodland edge. 
This is exactly where I found three different Commas which are my first sighting of the species this Spring.

Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/500 at f5.6 - 300mm(600). ISO250



Lumix GH3. 35-100mm f2.8lens. 1/640 at f4 - 100mm(200). ISO200




18 comments:

  1. I usually see them along some high hedges. Must have a closer look as I normally don't see any until the Summer.

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    1. They are usually the first one I see John.

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  2. Another cracking series of photos Roy, and I'm finding it hard to pick a favourite amongst all these excellent shots :-) Isn't it wonderful to able to photograph these beautiful insects again, especially after what has been such a ponderous spring up until recently :-)

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  3. Hi Roy

    These are outstanding photos of the Comma. I just love the detail espacially in the third photo. The photo of the Blue Tit in the header is also really nice.

    All the best.
    Guy

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  4. Very nice again Roy. You've seen a lot of butterflies already this spring. I've only seen a few and for sure they didn't want to sit down :-(.

    Regards,
    Marianne

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  5. Hey Roy...Such a lovely sight, like candy to the eyes you just want to savor the sights and sweetness of spring to the scenes!! Sign*
    Soon for me I hope!!! The jet stream is supposed to be moving up allow warmer weather to move in next week so I will be watching for the Mourning Cloak butterfly, usually the first I see!!
    Especially like the first and the fifth , very nice photos!!
    Grace

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  6. Hi Roy, Commas always seem very special to me. Maybe because they're so different in their shape to the other butterflies we have. That third shot is my favourite.(-: I've not seen one so far this year. By the way, I noticed a bit of Ladies Smock in flower at my local reserve, so maybe the Orange Tips will be on the wing soon! (-:

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    1. Thanks Jen, I will be looking out for the Orange Tips now for sure.

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  7. Hello - I've just come across your lovely photographs of the Comma. I hadn't seen any butterflies this year until last week, but now they seem to have really come out. A wonderful sight.

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    1. Hi Wendy, thanks, yes its good to see them arriving at last.

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  8. Great shots Roy.

    They've all had a hard time these last few months; I hope we see plenty of them this year.

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  9. The Comma I have not seen for ages. it is a beautiful butterfly with a wing formation goodies. The colors are beautifully displayed.

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