Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
24 Mar 2011
Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
20 April 2013
Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
24 May 2012
var. hutchinsoni
Comma
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Great Yeldham
24 June 2011
var. hutchinsoni
Comma
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Great Yeldham
Male. 29 June 2011
var. hutchinsoni
Comma
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Great Yeldham
10 July 2012
var. hutchinsoni
Comma
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Great Yeldham
2 Aug 2012
var. hutchinsoni
Comma
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Great Yeldham
2 Aug 2012
Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
16 Aug 2009
Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
15 Sept 2012
Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
22 Sept 2012
Typical
Comma
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Great Yeldham
12 Oct 2012

The Comma, Polygonia c-album

The Comma is fairly common in Great Yeldham, though mostly seen as the odd one or two at a time.

Individual males can be seen on the same perch, such as on the side of a sunny hedge, for many days in succession. Their most favoured perching spot in the paddock at Roseland House, is in the south-east corner against a tall Blackthorn hedge. They usually appear in the afternoon after the sun has got round to the east.

There are two broods per year. The overwintered adult females lay eggs in April-May to produce the summer brood which emerges in June-July. This brood in turn lays eggs to produce a second brood which emerge as adults in August to early September.

The darker butterflies are produced when the caterpillars have shorter days, and hibernate as adults. They are seen in the autumn and again in the spring.

The larval foodplants are Hops, nettles or Elm.

Forms: 2012. Typical up to June 14.   Hutchinsoni: July 3 - Sept 1.   Typical from Sept 4

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External links to the Comma pages at: British Butterflies by Steven Cheshire . UK Butterflies by Peter Eeles
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Adults in flight: MOST SEEN on ANY ONE DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Comma sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.
March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
2012 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 5 4 2 2 2 2 2 6 5 0
2013 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 11 11 3 3 2 1 3 1 0 0
2014 0 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 6 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

Adults in flight: AVERAGE SIGHTINGS PER COUNTING DAY in early, mid and late month thirds.
Comma sightings at Roseland House, Great Yeldham.         All species
March April May June July August Sept Oct
2011 0 0 1.7 1.0 0 0.1 0.3 0 0.3 0 0 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.2 0 0.9 0 0 0
2012 0 0 1.3 0 0 0 0.3 0 0.8 0 0.1 0 1.0 0.4 1.8 2.8 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.7 1.1 2.6 1.6 0
2013 0 0 0 1.0 1.2 0.8 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 1.7 3.2 5.5 1.9 1.1 0.9 0.3 1.1 0.1 0 0
2014 0 1.4 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1.7 5.1 3.3 1.2 1.3 0.9 0.6 0 0 0 0 0

Weather notes:
2011. July - early August very wet.
2012. April - mid July very wet. August to mid September dry.
2013. Winter wet, March and early April, very cold. The rest of the spring was mostly cold. July, mostly very warm. August, warm.
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