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Butterflies Page 5

Image Taken on 26 Sep 2015 at 13:53    Image of day on 25 Nov 2015

On a cold mid-day these two Comma butterflies were almost torpid on this blackberry clump. This is the insect with it's wings closed, and even though apparently torpid, the proboscis was in the fruit looking for juice.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2020 at 17:38    Image of day on 26 Jul 2020

A Comma butterfly warming itself in the evening sun, before it became so hot they would seek shade instead.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2020 at 17:40    Image of day on 22 Jul 2020

Comma Butterflies (named for the white 'comma' underneath the wing you can't see here) overwinter as adults and then have 2 broods each year - the second brood overwintering to start the sequence again next year. This is a pristine insect from the first of this years new broods.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2016 at 15:57    Image of day on 20 Aug 2016

The Comma Butterfly overwinters as an adult and emerges to mate in the Spring. After a period with no sightings, this is the first of the newly emerged batch glowing in the afternoon sun.

Ref: 20160820_df3_20160706_1557_127 comma butterfly (first new adult of 2016) on hop sedge at duck pond(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Sep 2019 at 10:00    Image of day on 26 Oct 2019

The next generation of Comma Butterflies has emerged, and will be making the most of nectar, juice from rotting fruit, and the like, ready to survive the coming winter.

Ref: 20191026_df3_20190903_1000_552 comma butterfly (new emergence)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Sep 2019 at 10:01    Image of day on 26 Oct 2019

Here you see the white 'comma' that appears only on the bottom of the rear wings of the Comma Butterfly.

Ref: 20191026_df3_20190903_1001_562 comma butterfly (new emergence)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 13 Jul 2021 at 17:39    Image of day on 18 Aug 2021

Following an initial flurry of Comma Butterflies in Spring, they do their thing, lay eggs and die. The new brood appear as adults in July, and here is a pristine sample. This generation again lay eggs, and the next 'batch' appear in September. It is this generation that overwinter as adults to venture out the following year to start the cycle going again.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2020 at 11:05    Image of day on 02 Aug 2020

Perched on a leaf, we see how the Comma Butterfly's corrugated leaf outline and colour looks so like a dead leaf.

Ref: 20200802_d73_20200628_1105_072 comma butterfly (showing bottom of wing comma) perched in hedge(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 29 Aug 2018 at 15:44    Image of day on 20 Oct 2018

On the vertical side of the meadow post (where we see most of our Owls) is this Comma Butterfly. In this pic you can see both sides of the wings, including the white Comma mark that gives the insect it's name.

Ref: 20181020_df3_20180829_1544_065 comma butterfly (showing upper & lower wing surfaces) on side of meadow post(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:04    Image of day on 17 Jul 2006

A newly emerged Comma Butterfly (named after that white mark) sucks nectar from a blackberry flower. This is the underwing that looks like wood. The top of the wings are orange.

Ref: 20060717_d60_20060712_1704_691 comma butterfly (underwing) on blackberry flower(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:10    Image of day on 26 Sep 2006

A comma butterfly sips from a blackberry fruit.

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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2013 at 15:37    Image of day on 12 Sep 2013

A Comma butterfly enjoying nectar from a blackberry flower. The characteristic white 'comma' marking are on the underside of the wing and are not visible on the perched insect with wings 'open'.

Ref: 20130912_a77_20130721_1537_041 comma butterfly feeding on blackberry flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 27 Sep 2013 at 10:58    Image of day on 30 Nov 2013

This Comma butterfly, with proboscis down in the juice of a nearly hidden berry, is surprisingly well camouflaged - we only spotted it by chance when it flicked it's wings at a fly passing by.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2006 at 15:43    Image of day on 14 Sep 2006

As a detail from yesterdays image, you can see that the proboscis is a figure-of-8 cross section that keeps it from getting tangled up.

Ref: 20060914_d10_20060907_1543_108 comma butterfly feeding on late blackberry flower (detail of proboscis)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 07 Sep 2006 at 15:43    Image of day on 13 Sep 2006

For a few hours on one day (7 Sep) one section of hedge was decorated with comma butterflies on blackberry fruits and some late flowers. Tomorrow the detail of the proboscis.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2015 at 12:55    Image of day on 17 Sep 2015

Here is a Comma Butterfly enjoying a feed on the a Buddleia flower spike. You can see both sides of the wing - on the left the underside with the white 'comma', and on the right the brighter top side.
If you want to buy a Buddleia our experience is that then paler the colour the more attractive to the insects when they have a choice - white being our best, but latest to flower.

Ref: 20150917_df3_20150717_1255_019 comma butterfly feeding on purple buddleia(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 15:17    Image of day on 06 Oct 2015

Here are images from 2 flights of a Comma Butterfly merged into an almost believable pair.
We take 3 frames in quick succession in this setup in the hope of at least one having something in it. Sometimes we get 2 successive frames we know are only about 200mS part and even we find it hard to believe the maneuverability.

Ref: 20151006_da1_20150802_1517_554+557_ft1 comma butterfly in 2 flights (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 15:40    Image of day on 20 May 2019

Comma Butterflies used to be Autumn-only visitors here, but now we see them in Spring as well. The upper and lower wings are completely different colours, the white 'comma' only showing on the bottom of the wing (right hand image of 2 separate flights).

Ref: 20190520_da1_20190421_1540_279+276+20190422_1508_188_ft1 comma butterfly in 2 flights with laurel (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:36    Image of day on 23 Aug 2010

Unable to choose between the various images we took of this individual, here is a montage as they actually appeared in their frames over about 2 minutes. An unusually obliging flyer.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 13:52    Image of day on 12 Sep 2013

Taken indoors in flight, this shows the undersides of the Comma Butterfly's wings, including the white 'comma' on both sides of the insect at once.

Ref: 20130912_da1_20130722_1352_316+1310_290_ft1 comma butterfly in flight showing underwing with thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg




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