Before the rain came – a bright orange comma

Before the rain came yesterday I managed to get this photograph of a comma butterfly in the sunshine. I like commas – at a first glance they look like fritillaries but then you focus in and see the jagged edges of the wings – no other butterfly has wings like this so they are unmistakable. Commas lay their eggs on brambles, hops and elm suckers. There is a lot of elm in the hedge where I photographed this one so I wonder whether that is what this one was brought up on?

Comma

Commas can be seen on the wing all year round. Many individuals hibernate over winter and then emerge when the sun shines. So once the rain stops I am confident that this comma will re-emerge having seen out the storm. Hopefully that will be later this weekend!

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