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Comma: punctuation marks

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Comma: punctuation marks

A comma (Polygonia c-album) butterfly in our garden always causes a bit of excitement. At first sight it is somewhat like a fritillary and to have a fritillary of any description in the garden would be immense! That said, the comma is such a lovely insect it is always welcome. It gets its name from the distinctive white comma shape on the underside of the wing.

Commas can actually be seen from January to December depending on the weather. They over winter by hibernating as adults and can emerge on any day in winter if the weather is encouraging. These insects that have hibernated lay eggs in April and May and these then form the first brood and laying eggs that hatch around July and August to provide the second brood. The second brood are the insects that will then hibernate until the following spring.

The food plant of the comma larvae is primarily the common, or stinging, nettle but it is also found on all sorts of shrubs and trees and, apart from gardens, you can encounter the comma almost anywhere as it favours open areas as well as woodland edges. Once uncommon the comma has done well in recent years and can now be seen frequently across the whole county.


 

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