Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

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Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

Postby newbie2017 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:46 pm

Hi all,

So is it a Comma or a Scarce Tortoiseshell? Or neither?

I'm a complete newbie. Gained an interest at the start of the summer; been happily snapping away since. I'm only using my mobile at present, so my apologies for the lack of quality.

This is probably a straightforward ID but everytime I convince myself it's one, I then doubt it and think it's the other.

Also if it helps: spotted at Dovedale nature park last weekend.

Appreciate your help.

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Re: Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:55 pm

Hi Newbie - this is most definitely a Comma!

Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

Postby newbie2017 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:02 pm

Pete Eeles wrote:Hi Newbie - this is most definitely a Comma!

Cheers,

- Pete


Thanks, Pete!

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Re: Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

Postby David M » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:37 pm

An irresistible thread title at the very least!

I often wonder whatever happened to the Scarce (Yellow-Legged) Tortoiseshell immigration from a couple of years back? Things have been very quiet ever since.

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Re: Scarce Tortoiseshell or Comma?

Postby MikeOxon » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:18 am

Some people seem to find identification much easier than others. I still make ID mistakes and others seem embarrassed to tell me! I usually get a PM from someone, not wishing to make my error public. Really, I don't mind :) Incidentally, I also have difficulty in remembering people's faces and then recognising them again - I think it's to do with the way our individual brains recognise things.

It's a mistake to spend too long poring over pattern details, in the first instance. The shape of the wings is what defines this as a Comma to me. Although not apparent in a photo, the size is also important. In this case - a Comma is much smaller.

Colour can be very deceptive, since there can be huge differences between fresh and worn specimens.

Finally, never be put off from asking about something you are not sure about. Good luck with your butterflying!

Mike


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