Eastern Comma

Polygonia comma (T. Harris, 1841)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found from New England south to northern Florida west to eastern Texas, eastern Wyoming and southern Manitoba. Statewide in Nebraska, although not yet being found (but expected) in the southern panhandle or extreme southwest.

Broods/Flight Times: Adults have been found from early April to well into November

Larval Hostplant(s): Elms, nettles and hops

Habitat: This butterfly can be found in/near woodlands as well as in parks and urban environments

Found at:

Overwinter: As adults

Similar Species: Question Marks and Grey Commas

Notes: As a woodland species adults are adept at utilizing non-nectar sources including sap flows and dung

Eastern Comma, Fontenelle Forest, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Specimen photo…
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