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Comma - Polygonia c-album
Comma - Polygonia c-album

Comma butterfly
The comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album; also: Nymphalis c-album) is in the family Nymphalidae. This species belongs to the subfamily Nymphalinae, the tribe Nymphalini and the genus Polygonia. The comma butterfly is widespread from Europe and North Africa to East Asia.
Polygonia c-album
Polygonia c-album
It reaches wingspans of 40 - 50 mm. The upper surface of the wings is orange in colour with black, brown and yellow spots. The underside of the wings is dark brown in colour and bears a striking, white marking in the form of a "C", hence the name "comma". The colouration and patterning of the comma butterfly varies within a year from one generation to another. The caterpillars of the comma butterfly reach body lengths of up to 30 mm. They are orange-brown in colour are with black markings. The upper surface of the body is two-thirds white in colour. The upper third is yellow and black.
Butterfly - Comma
Butterfly - Comma
The comma butterfly produces 1 to 2 new generations a year. It is active in the period from May to October. The caterpillars appear from May to August. The butterflies live on forest roads, forest edges, brush (willow, hazel and elm) and in gardens, where they eat nectar preferably from gooseberry plants, hops, flowering garden plants and summer lilac. In midsummer, they are often encountered on fallen fruits.
Nymphalis c-album - Nymphalinae
Nymphalis c-album - Nymphalinae
The females lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves of the caterpillar’s forage plants, for example on willow, hazel, fluttery elm, field elm, mountain elm, hops, great nettle, gooseberry and raspberry plants. Around 250 eggs are laid separately. 2 - 3 weeks later the solitary caterpillars hatch. During the day they stay on the underside of the leaves. The larval stage lasts 6 weeks and then the caterpillars pupate. The pupae are striking; the middle is constrictedly built and has a hump with shiny, metallic patches on the front and back. . The second generation of comma butterflies overwinter as adults.

Polygonia c-album
Common namesComma, Anglewings, Comma Butterfly, Himalayan Comma
German namesC-Falter, Weisses C, C-Fuchs, C-Vogel
Dutch namesGehakkelde aurelia
Danish namesDet Hvide C
Finnish namesHerukkaperhonen
Norwegian namesHvit c
Swedish namesVinbärsfuks
Spanish namesC-blanca, Escisa
Italian namesVanessa c-bianco
French namesGamma, Robert-le-diable, C-blanc, Dentelle, Vanesse Gamma, Papillon-C, Le, Le Gamma
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758
Eco zoneFreshwater

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southeast England (Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Surrey county), Southwest England (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorsetshire), Greater London), East England (Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire), Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire), West Midlands (Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire)), North England (Northeast England (Northumberland, County Durham), Yorkshire)), Wales (South Wales (Southwest Wales (Pembrokeshire), Southeast Wales (Monmouthshire)), Mid Wales (Brecknockshire, Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire), North Wales (Merionethshire, Anglesey))), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Oslo, Rogaland, Telemark, Hedmark, Hordaland, Nord-Trøndelag, Oppland, Sogn and Fjordane, Sør-Trøndelag, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica, Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy (Abruzzo (L´Aquila)), Central Italy (Lazio (Rome))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (South Spain (Andalusia)), Portugal, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus), Malta
Far East (Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand), East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, Korea (North Korea, South Korea))), South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kyrgyzstan)), North Asia
Armenia, Georgia
European Russia (North European Russia (Leningrad Oblast)), Siberia (Russian Far East (Sakhalin Oblast (Sakhalin)))
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco
North America
USA (Washington)
Norfolk Island

Fossils: Paleozoic,


West Palaearctic

CountriesAlbania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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