Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album)
The Comma butterfly is a common British butterfly and one of the most easily identified species when seen settled.
It has a wingspan of up to 50mm with jagged edges to both fore and hind wings. When settled, with wings closed, the dark broken outline of the butterfly blends in cryptically with its surroundings making it very difficult to see.
Located in the centre of the underside of the hind wing is a tiny white mark which resembles a comma punctuation mark, from which the butterfly derives its name.
The upper side of the wings are a deep orang brown with black markings and when in flight its fast wing beat interspersed with twisting glides can be confused with a fritillary butterfly.
The female Comma is a little larger than the male which has slightly more ragged edges, a feature that can be difficult to assess in the field or with worn specimens. The hind wing of the female is also plainer and darker than that of the richly marbled males but both sexes have the little white ‘comma’.
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