You can just make out the delicate, scalloped edging on the wings of the Comma, which remind me of lace. The vivid rust-orange wings are also edged with dark brown, and are dappled across them with dark brown and black spots.

   The Comma is most commonly seen on the edges of woods and clearings, in shrubby, scrubby countryside, and can sometimes be spotted in gardens (especially if you have a buddleia. Not for no reason is this bush called the ‘butterfly tree’).

   The Commas we are seeing now will have hibernated through winter. There will be a fresh generation flying from around mid-June.


WILD CARD: The most common food plant for the Comma is nettles – so leave a small patch to grow in your garden if you would like to encourage them in. They also lay their eggs there, so nettles are truly vital to them!



Comma butterfly, by Barbara Copperthwaite, Go Be Wild