Eastern Commas Flying
Commas are a group of butterflies also known as anglewings (for obvious reasons). There are several species of commas in New England, all of which have a silver mark in the shape of a comma underneath each hind wing. Like mourning cloaks, these butterflies overwinter as adults in bark crevices, logs or other protected spots. You often see them in the woods, where they feed on tree sap, mud, scat and decaying organic matter. When perched with their wings closed, they are extremely well camouflaged and easily mistaken for a dead leaf.
This entry was posted on April 22, 2013 by Mary Holland. It was filed under April, Arthropods, Butterflies, Insects, Invertebrates, Lepidoptera, Metamorphosis, Signs of Spring and was tagged with Polygonia comma.