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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The eastern comma

You have to love a butterfly named after a punctuation mark. The other day, I was lucky enough to see an Eastern comma perched on the edge of a woodland path (though not the underwing marking that gives it its common name).
I've not been able to ID the young tree on which this handsome specimen was resting (those pointed, elongated leaves all look the same to me after a while), but the comma is unusual among butterflies in feeding on tree sap rather than flower nectar.

Before the season's over, I hope to see a question mark, another orange butterfly in the same genus.

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