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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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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2012 at 16:39    Image of day on 13 Nov 2012

The foxes are picking up all the small crop of windfall apples long before they become soft enough for the Comma Butterflies to drink from. So we are only seeing them in hedges this atypical year.

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Image Taken on 01 Oct 2008 at 12:31    Image of day on 18 Oct 2008

In a sheltered little bramble thicket a number of Comma butterflies were sunning themselves.

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Image of day on 01 Sep 2005

The comma butterfly is named after a small white marking on the underwing (see tomorrow) but is most easily recognised by its scalloped wing edge (image from 2004).

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Image of day on 20 Sep 2005

Blackberry picking enhanced is by sighting of various autumn butterflies of which this comma is one. Trouble is the fingers are so sticky you can't use the camera!

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Image of day on 02 Sep 2005

The comma butterfly (see yestday) showing the white mark on the underwing after which it is named (image from 2004).

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2021 at 13:28    Image of day on 30 Oct 2021

We used to see Comma Butterflies only in the Autumn, but this year saw them in Spring and Summer as well. This Autumn visitor is perched on a Blackberry fruit with wings closed, giving a good view of the corrugated wing edge and white 'comma'.

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Image Taken on 07 Oct 2010 at 11:04    Image of day on 05 Dec 2010

In early October food and sunshine still bring a few butterflies out to feed - here a Comma butterfly on ripe blackberries where it can suck up the sugary juice. The bit of spider web between head and left wing suggest a recent unpleasant encounter with a spider's web.

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Image Taken on 30 Sep 2007 at 12:41    Image of day on 29 Oct 2007

Another source of energy for butterflies is damaged fruit berries. Normally spotted on apple windfalls (very few this year) this Comma butterfly is finding the fruit-juice welcome.

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2018 at 17:36    Image of day on 29 Aug 2018

A Handsome Comma Butterfly perched on a Blackberry leaf on which it is throwing a lovely shadow.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2014 at 16:12    Image of day on 14 Sep 2014

A pristine Comma Butterfly ('comma' is on the other side of the wing) perched on a frond of Hop Sedge around the Duck shaped pond.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2018 at 16:05    Image of day on 09 Aug 2018

This is a Comma Butterfly (the white 'comma' giving it is name just visible on the lower surface of the right wing). This was on Hop Sedge where we now see them most years in the spring/summer. We used to only see them on windfall apples in the orchard in the Autumn.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2014 at 16:36    Image of day on 14 Sep 2014

A pristine Comma butterfly showing white 'comma' on the bottom of the wing and the bright orange top of wing.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2013 at 15:45    Image of day on 05 Sep 2013

Out first sighting of a Comma butterfly this year, atypically perched over a pond on the Hop Sedge

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2019 at 12:34    Image of day on 12 Nov 2019

This view through the underside of the wing just shows the 'comma' of the Butterfly showing through from the 'top' side. This one is on an Ivy flower.

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Image of day on 05 Aug 2005

The top view of this comma butterfly shows the display colours. The wonderful scalloped edges are part of its disguise - see tomorrow.

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