Southern comma

Polygonia egea egea

A comma butterfly with a wingspan of 50-55 mm, resembles the commoner species but is lighter and less dentated. The southern lives in many different habitat types like waste ground, walls, river valleys, and stony slopes, but prefers dry scrub and grassland. Host plants include stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), pellitories (Parietaria spp.), willows (Salix spp.), honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), currants (Ribes spp.), and elms (Ulmus spp.). This species flies from March through October in several broods, often seen basking on wall or stones with wings outspread.

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