Eastern Comma Butterfly
Eastern Comma Butterfly Coloration, Characteristics and Size
The Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) is found through most of the Eastern United States, into northeastern Texas, as well as southern Canada. It is also known as the "Hop Merchant" because of its love of hop leaves.
It is smaller than the similar Question Mark butterfly, and is characterized by the silver "comma" on its hind wings, which mimic the characteristics of tree bark. It is orange above, with dark brown patterns and markings.
The Eastern Comma is also similar in size and coloration to the Hoary Comma.
Its wingspan is in the 1.8" - 2.5" range.
Nectar and Host Plants Used by the Eastern Comma
Host plants include elm trees, false nettle, and hop vines.
A favorite nectar plant is the Butterfly Bush.
Eastern Comma Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times
|Egg stage||4 to 14 days|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||3 to 4 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||7 to 18 days|
|Adult butterfly stage||6 to 20 days|
Photos of Eastern Comma Butterflies
Eastern Comma Butterfly ... dorsal view
Eastern Comma Butterfly ... ventral view, showing its namesake silver "Comma"
By Kaldari (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A family relative of the Eastern Comma ... the Hoary Comma Butterfly