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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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Image of day on 06 Aug 2005

The underwing of this comma butterfly shows the camouflage view that with both colour and wing edges mimics a dead leaf.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2012 at 12:42    Image of day on 25 Aug 2012

Our first Comma butterfly this year. Until recent years we only saw these in the Autumn feasting on the juice of squashed windfall apples.

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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2022 at 16:26    Image of day on 08 Aug 2022

A similar view of a Comma Butterfly. The 'comma' is the white shape appearing only on the underneath of the wing.

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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2016 at 12:28    Image of day on 07 May 2016

First seen a few days ago, on this warmish day there we a few over-wintered Comma Butterflies re-fuelling from the May blossom. They will be keen to find a mate to lays the eggs for this Autumns generation

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2019 at 12:30    Image of day on 12 Nov 2019

Comma Butterflies seem to have been about since Spring. These will overwinter as Adults in some protected spot (like a shed!) to appear next April to lay the eggs for the new 2020 generation. This one is on a Mint flower.

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2019 at 14:33    Image of day on 12 Nov 2019

Back on a Mint flowers, the underside of this Comma Butterfly emphasises the wonderful scalloped edge and the white 'comma' mark.

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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 12:20    Image of day on 28 Apr 2016

Here the same Comma Butterfly has moved on to a daffodil flower for a sunbathe. At low air temperatures the sun is needed to bring them up to 'operating temperature'. Unfortunately they can't feed on Daffodils, but there are plenty of Primroses, Snowdrops and May flowers for them to feed on.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2009 at 18:13    Image of day on 18 Aug 2009

A little special for the Woodland Trust phenology enthusiasts - a Comma Butterfly on a fruiting Rowan - both 'recorded' species.

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Image Taken on 11 Oct 2016 at 10:51    Image of day on 26 Nov 2016

A good year for Comma Butterflies this year at this site if not more generally.

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Image Taken on 03 Apr 2009 at 16:55    Image of day on 27 Apr 2009

A Comma butterfly (the characteristic comma is on the Comma Butterfly underwing (click to view).) basking in the sunshine after spending the winter in hibernation. This is our first recording of one in Spring (and after a poor 2008 for butterflies in general) although its quite normal.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2012 at 12:42    Image of day on 20 Oct 2012

A Comma Butterfly feeding on a Yellow Buddleia. This shows the lower surface of the wing with the 'comma' marking, rather than the orange upper surface.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2021 at 15:50    Image of day on 30 Oct 2021

We catch this immaculate Comma Butterfly seeing just the completely different upper wings.

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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 12:18    Image of day on 28 Apr 2016

What we think is the first Comma butterfly we have seen this year. It is perched on a broken stem of a teasel and you can see the characteristic white mark on the bottom of the wing that gives the species it's name.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2018 at 14:13    Image of day on 29 Aug 2018

Also a Comma Butterfly, here with the orange wing surface hidden, but showing the white mark that gives the Comma Butterfly it's name.

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