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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 12 Jul 2023 at 17:30    Image of day on 02 Sep 2023

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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 04 Sep 2023 at 16:06    Image of day on 29 Oct 2023

We used only to see Comma Butterflies in the autumn feeding on rotting windfall apples. Now we see them intermittently through the year as they produce a mid-year brood before the autumn brood which over-winters to breed in the Spring. This one has their wings open a little, so you get a good view of the underwings including the white marking that gives the insect their name, plus a strip of the orange along the top of the wings. The scalloped edge of the wings is an amazing camouflage.

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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 11 Sep 2023 at 07:15    Image of day on 02 Nov 2023

While touring the cameras to exchange photo-cards we came across this Comma Butterfly perched on the camera that 'watches' the Round Mound. On this cold morning the insect is torpid, and we managed to open the camera door it is perched on, exchange the photo card, and close up again without obviously disturbing the creature. It was gone later in the warmer day.

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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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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2015 at 15:00    Image of day on 30 May 2015

An almost perfect Comma butterfly that has also over-wintered and is in lovely condition. We normally don't notice them until they arrive to feast on the rotting windfall apples in Autumn. This one is perched on a stinging nettle leaf, with a blackberry stem running over the leaf.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2022 at 12:54    Image of day on 17 May 2022

Butterflies tend to look for somewhere already warm to bask. This means they make for the ugliest human surfaces that they can find!

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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2014 at 12:35    Image of day on 24 Nov 2014

A Comma butterfly showing the dark bottom of the wing with the white 'comma', and a glimpse of the vivid orange top surface.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 12:22    Image of day on 07 Nov 2018

The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting the gorgeous orange colour.

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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2022 at 17:37    Image of day on 08 Aug 2022

Not a trace of the 'Comma' on the top of the wing.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 12:22    Image of day on 07 Nov 2018

The same Comma Butterfly, this one highlighting darker underwing and white 'comma'.

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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2020 at 12:31    Image of day on 29 Oct 2020

A newly emerged Comma Butterfly, here showing both the dark bottom of the wings with the white 'comma', and the vivid orange top of the wings.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 08:57    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

Before 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
A Comma Butterfly with it's proboscis is wheedling out juice from the ripe blackberry it is perched upon. You can just make out the white 'comma' as a semicircle on the lower (dark) side of the wing nearest to us.

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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2017 at 16:03    Image of day on 30 Oct 2017

A pristine Comma Butterfly warms itself on a blackberry leaf.

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