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Jul 26, 2008

Gray Comma?



I followed this butterfly around my cousin's yard trying to get a good picture of it. While this is not the greatest shot (I would have liked a more close up shot), it is still a nice image. I love how the butterfly stands out among all of the greenery around it. So, I decided to be resourceful and try to identify the butterfly myself. Brain stimulation overload - there are way more butterflies than I thought, not to count all of the moths. So as I was looking I thought I found it but thought hey I should double check some of the others to see if I might be missing something. Remember to write down what you think it might be before you do this. By the time I concluded I was right, ummm... well I forgot what I thought it was in the first place. So... off I went trying to narrow the choices down again. This time remembering to write down the ones that were contenders. So I think I have it figured out a Gray Comma Butterfly. The only other possible one that I thought it might be was a Compton Tortoiseshell Butterfly but it is missing the white spots. I am 99.9% sure that it is definitely a Gray Comma butterfly. I could not find a single image of a moth that looked remotely like this particular one. I do have to say that there are some really beautiful moths out there though. And some of the ones that are butterflies, I would have mistaken for moths. Anyhow that is another issue. If I have identified this butterfly wrong please don't hesitate to let me know. I am trying to be accurate. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.



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34 comments:

bobbie said...

Definitely a butterfly, not a moth, and I believe it is a comma. I used to be good at this. Getting old and forgetful. They sure do move fast, don't they?

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

He was certainly playing peekaboo with you! Nice color contrast.

Carletta said...

Nice composition in the shot! Your patience paid off.

I know a few weeks ago I tried to identify a moth photo I had taken -who knew there were so many.
I hope someone can help you identify it for sure.

Crafty Gardener said...

Good shot of the butterfly. I'm always trying to follow them around the garden and take photos. Stop by and visit The Gardener Side to see my bluejay photos for Camera Critters this week.

ratmammy said...

i dont' know my butterflies, but this was a good shot!

picturing said...

great shot

Hope you can Visit me also Thanks

Juliana RW said...

beautiful...i know it is not easy to take a butterfly shot

Mine in here Thanks

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

This is a beautiful photograph. Great colors and the clarity is wonderful. I love the perspective.
In fact your blog is very pretty. You have such an array of photographs that are very pleasant to view. Good job!
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D... said...

I love the coloring! You are right, the butterfly stands out in that field of green.

Mine is here.

Dina said...

I love the way you wrote this.
Don't ask me about names though, I have no idea what butterflys or plants are called.

fishing guy said...

Christy: Those butterflies are so hard to capture if they don't want you to.

April said...

Beautiful image! What an interesting name for a butterfly - it does look as if there are little commas on his wings. As far as I know, that's one we don't have here.

Misty Dawn said...

Beautiful photo. You made me laugh about how you forgot what you originally thought it was after you looked through all the others - that's EXACTLY what I've been known to do too hehe.

Rhea said...

Pretty colored butterfly, does look nice against the green!

Nice photo.

storyteller said...

What an interesting post. I never have luck capturing butterflies with my camera but I love seeing other who do. Thanks for sharing the information too … and for visiting Small Reflections earlier.
Hugs and blessings,

Indrani said...

It is interesting trying to identify these critters isn't it? I am learning a lot.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

you've been good to find out the actual variety - i just stick to the generic word!

Lilli & Nevada said...

I just can't seem to get a good shot of one so enjoy all that have photos of them
Thanks for the stop over

People with Cameras said...

Very pretty :) I have an image of you chasing it with your camera! lol

me ann my camera said...

It looks like a comma to me! I think butterfly identification is so much fun and I learn as I go. And, yes, I agree, moths can be beautiful too.

Kostas said...

In the northern hemisphere this season this butterflies give birth on the green leaves, leave a egg almost in each leaf and from them will live certain.
This makes also her butterfly your photograph.
Above right in a leaf, appears clean her egg!
Congratulation for your marvelus blog!

Shellmo said...

I love how the butterfly adds the spark of color to the greenery!

Aileni said...

The British Comma is similar but the wings are more 'frilled'. There are white comma markings on the underside of the wings.
Whatever, it's a nice picture and you know you had fun researching.

Gretchen said...

Butterflies are so beautiful to look at, but sooo frustrating to photograph!

lapa37 said...

NIce photo I also like how you can spot the butterfly in all that beautiful green color

Dragonstar said...

Love the photo. That's definitely a butterfly, but I'm no good on American butterflies I'm afraid.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Chasing utterflies can be habit forming! ;-) Good catch.

Marie said...

I love butterflies :)
This one is beautiful!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Ialso have no idea on the names of the various butterflies...but I like the pic you took...cheers.

Willard said...

A very beautiful butterfly, but I haven't a clue as to what it is. Excellent shot!

Ladynred said...

That's funny! I have chased a lot of butterfly in my life just to take picture..lol. It's beautiful butterfly.

AppleDebbie said...

Beautiful photo!

Kahshe Cottager said...

Nice capture! Butterflies can be difficult to photograph can't they? I chase them around and just as I get them in focus ... they fly off!

Thanks for your visit!

Louise said...

Butterflies have the most interesting names! I've seen a picture of another called a "Question Mark." What's with the punctuation?

Nice pictures, by the way!

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