Scientific Name: Polygonia c-album (Nymphalidae).
English Name: Comma.
French Name: Le Robert le Diable (='Robert the Devil'), le Gamma (='gamma').
5 Key Characters:
- wings deeply scalloped along the edges.
- upperside bright tawny orange (fauve) with black markings.
- a small white 'C' shape on the underside of the hind wing.
- flies very rapidly and often sits with wings open.
- attracted to rotting corpses and sap oozing from tree trunks.
Habitat: Woodland edges and clearing, hedgerows.
Flight Period: February-March-April-May-June-July-August-September-October-November.
Caterpillar: They have a splash of white on the back (to give the impression of being a bird dropping). Host plants Elms Ulmus glabra, U. minor; Hazle Nuts Corydellus avellana; Stinging Nettles Urtica dioica, Raspberries Rubus idaeus and Hops Humulus lupulus.
Status: Very common.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|Note white 'C' on hind wing.|