Comma Butterfly

Comma Butterfly

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.

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