12th August 2015

Comma Butterfly- I’ve covered this wonderful butterfly before but here are some photo’s that show why it got it’s name and how different it’s upper and lower sides are. Comma adults love feeding on Buddleia, as here, and are very recognisable with their toffee coloured upper wing surfaces and scalloped edges. The Comma loves sunning itself with it’s wings wide open. However, when the wings are closed the cryptic colouring and ragged edges make it almost impossible to see- the camouflage amongst dried leaves is brilliant. The little, white ‘comma’ mark that gives it its name

Comma and Peacock on Buddleia

Comma and Peacock on Buddleia

Comma and Peacock feeding together

Comma and Peacock feeding together

It's easy to see why the Comma is so well camouflage among dried leaves

It’s easy to see why the Comma is so well camouflage among dried leaves

With the appearance of an old leaf, the white 'Comma' mark gives this butterfly its name

With the appearance of an old leaf, the white ‘Comma’ mark gives this butterfly its name

is also only visible when the wings are closed. Conditions: A perfect, blue-skied and still morning with cloud building, probably just in time to obscure the meteor shower due tonight! I’m aiming to be sitting out late doing a moth-watch! Temperature: Max: 23- Min 14c.

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