Latin Name: Polygonia c-album.
Description: Wings are orange / brown in colour, with serrated edges and brown and black markings. Underside of wings are a dull brown in colour with a silvery / white C shaped marking.
Size: Wingspan is approximately 45 – 64mm.
Habitat: Can be found in woodlands, country lanes, gardens, grassland and coastal regions.
Food: Nectar from common nettle, brambles, blackthorn, elms, hops and willows.
Distribution: Common in Southern Britain.
Months Seen: April – November, but can be as early as February and March.
Did You Know?
- They produce 2 generations of Comma butterfies each year.
- In February and March the butterflies awaken from hibernation.
- Eggs are laid on the leaves of the plants.
- The caterpillars hatch after about 15 days.
- The caterpillars are black and white.
- The butterflies hibernate from November to February-March time.
- They hibernate on branches and look like dead leaves.
- The Comma butterfly was common in the 18th Century but became rare between 1850 and 1920.