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Southern comma (Πολυγωνία του Αιγαίου)

Polygonia egea


Polygonia egea, the southern comma, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Europe. The butterfly flies from March to September depending on the location. The larvae feed on Parietaria officinalis. It was spotted in Skyros island, Greece.

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DespinaTsafetopoulou 3 months ago

Thank you António GinjaGinja , it's a truly beautiful and intriguing species :)

DespinaTsafetopoulou 3 months ago

Thank you so much. Michael Strydom!

DespinaTsafetopoulou 3 months ago

Brian38, thank you so much for your comment! As a child I used to believe that they were too bland and common, simple orange insects with no extravagant pattern or coloring! That is so not true! They are wonderful!

DespinaTsafetopoulou 3 months ago

Thank you dear Neil Ross, Southern commas are very common in Greece, but still it;s a great pleasure for me to meet them since the are the first species of butterflies I came across as a child! I just love them!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 3 months ago

Congrats on SOTD. :)

Brian38 3 months ago

Congratulations Despina! Wonderful pics of the Southern comma. They are such interesting and beautiful looking butterflies.

Congrats Despina on the SOTD,beautiful butterfly

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Congratulations, Despina. Beautiful specimen, and a wonderful SOTD.

DespinaTsafetopoulou 3 months ago

Thank you so much P.N! So happy you liked my humble Southern comma!

DanielePralong 3 months ago

Congratulations Despina, your Southern Comma is our Spotting of the Day:

"Today we take you to the Greek island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea with the aptly named Polygonia egea, or Southern Comma, as our Spotting of the Day! Butterflies in the genus Polygonia are found in Europe, North America, temperate Asia and North Africa. They are recognized by angular notches on the outer edges of their wings, and are hence also known by the common name of anglewing butterflies. Their undersides are cryptically marked, and also have a central white or silvery mark on the hindwing shaped as a comma, question mark or chevron. A species mostly found in hot dry places in southern Europe, Southern Commas fly throughout the summer in two or three generations to hibernate as an adults and emerge in early spring, when they lay their eggs on the leaves of Parietaria officinalis solely".



Θεσσαλία - Στερεά Ελλάδα, Greece

Lat: 38.91, Long: 24.57

Spotted on Sep 8, 2018
Submitted on Dec 28, 2018

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