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Comma Butterfly

Polygonia c-album


The Comma (Polygonia c-album) is a species of butterfly belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Its irregular wing edges are characteristic of the Polygonia genus, which is why they are commonly called anglewings. The wings have a distinctive ragged edge, apparently a cryptic form as the butterfly resembles a fallen leaf.


It's found from Portugal to Japan, and northen Africa. Open woodland, wood edges, country lanes and gardens.


The butterfly gets its name from the only white marking on its underside, which resembles a comma. These butterflies hibernate, so they could be seen all around the year, but the active flying period extends from April to November, depending on location.

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Amares e Figueiredo, Norte, Portugal

Spotted on May 20, 2010
Submitted on Dec 22, 2015

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