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Butterflies - Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Butterflies of the summer brood appearing around May/June are deep orange and are known as form hutchinsoni. Later broods and those overwintering as Adults are more usually deeper brown above while their underwing is either a beautiful mix of metalic blues, greens, greys and browns or the more usual orange/brown.

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Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Hops (Humulus sp.)
English Elm (Ulmus procera)
Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)

The Comma is a relatively common butterfly in Warwickshire. However, it was not until the 1940's that this became the case as prior to this, the Comma was only regularly seen on the Welsh borders.

Resident in Warwickshire.

Ashlawn Cutting (WWT Reserve)
Hampton Wood and Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Welcombe Hill (WWT Reserve)

Find out more about the Comma online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Comma butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Comma Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Comma - 2011 records / distribution. Comma - 2010 records / distribution. Comma - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

CommaComma © Steven Cheshire - Warwickshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Comma submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

11/03/2018 Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

06/03/2017 Ryton Wood Meadows

13/03/2016 Knowle Hill, Kenilworth

10/03/2015 Garden - Broom

01/03/2014 Warwick

05/03/2013 Fenny Compton - Brandon Marsh NR -

01/03/2012 Hall Green

25/02/2011 Shrubs Wood

15/03/2010 RSPB Middleton Lakes, Mill Plantati

02/03/2009 Garden - B34 6AH

12/02/2008 Victoria Nature Reserve, Studley

08/03/2007 Fenny Compton Tunnel

Other Species

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