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Butterflies Page 5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:27    Image of day on 05 Dec 2010

3 days later we netted this surprisingly spruce Comma butterfly and brought it in for some images in flight. First showing the bottom of the wings with the white 'comma'.

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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 08 Aug 2009

The Comma butterfly used to be a Spring and Autumn only sighting here but this year we are seeing them regularly. The 'comma' is the white shape on the brown underwing.

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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2010 at 15:05    Image of day on 05 Nov 2010

The mint bed outside the back door has been allowed to flower and some of the butterflies like to feed on it now many other flowers are turning to seed. First the crenelated Comma butterfly, named for the white spot when the wings are closed.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:40    Image of day on 05 Dec 2010

And now the top view with our resilient yellow buddleia still making new flowers as you can see at the top of the floret.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2006 at 15:33    Image of day on 03 Oct 2006

Fallen apples provide a supply of sweet juice to fuel the butterflies. This is a comma butterfly showing the upper wing and scalloped wing edges.

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