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Butterflies Page 7

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 Apr 2023 at 12:47    Image of day on 17 May 2023

First sighting this year of a Comma Butterfly, out from Hibernation to start a new generation this year. This individual is in remarkably good condition after spending 6 months 'asleep'.

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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2022 at 15:22    Image of day on 17 May 2022

Here a Comma Butterfly (comma marks on the dark bottom of the wings hidden here) making an attractive contrast with the fresh green leaves.

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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 11 Jul 2023 at 16:21    Image of day on 02 Sep 2023

Comma Butterfly, named for the white mark on the bottom of the wings that you only see when the wings are closed, can be seen all over the sunny areas.

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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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