Comma Butterfly

How can such a small mark on the outer wing of this butterfly give it its name.

The comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) looks like a ragged and tatty tortoiseshell from the outside but as it opens its wings the truth is exposed.  With bright orange and black speckles, the camouflage of its exterior becomes a distant memory.

Once in decline this butterfly is making a comeback.  I feel I am helping in keeping my garden nettles in tip top comma caterpillar condition.


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