Comma (Polygonia c-album)

Cheshire local information

When to see: March-May, July, September-October

Where to see: Woodland, woodland edges, mature hedgerows and gardens

Behaviour: Perch

Wingspan: 50-64mm

Caterpillar food plant: Common Nettle (Uritica dioica)

Cheshire status: A common and widespread resident that has been slowly extending its range in Cheshire since at least the 1940ís. This range extension accelerated from the early 1980ís with small numbers now often recorded in the Pennine foothills. This is a double-brooded insect that also hibernates to appear again in early spring. Its favoured habitats are woodlands and mature hedgerows.

Comma butterfly (female) on thistles