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Sep212008

Comma Butterfly

A comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album), so-called because of the little white C-shape or 'comma' on the underside of its wings ('c-album' being Latin for 'white-C').  Photos take in Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2008-09-21.

Butterflies of this species that hatch early in the summer and which will breed and die in the same year, tend to have lighter underwings.  Those, like this one, which hatch later in the summer and which overwinter and breed the following year, tend to have darker underwings.

Reader Comments (1)

Here is the comma butterfly (Polygonia comma) we have over here:
http://snailstales.blogspot.com/2006/03/first-butterfly-picture-of-year.html
September 21 | Unregistered CommenterAydin

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