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I saw my first butterfly of 2018 on Saturday. This is the Eastern comma butterfly (Polygonia comma).

Insectra 8 Apr 16
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This funny looking "butterfly" : D landed on me during a camping trip last summer. A friend of mine nearly had a heart attack when he saw it.

JimG Level 8 Apr 17, 2018

I LOVE those! The males are even creepier looking! That's a female dobsonfly, if you didn't already know. The adult form of the aquatic hellgrammite. Probably about another month before they start showing up here. I always look forward to their appearance at my night lights. Here's a pair (the males have impressive mandibles) from 2017.

@Insectra that's a pretty cool pic. I don't see them often here. My pic was taken some distance up river from you.

I would have liked to see my friend react to the male. He acted as though my letting her crawl on me was insane.

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I like the way they imitate a dry leaf when the wings are folded and orange and black when open.

Islandgurl Level 6 Apr 16, 2018
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hurray! doesn't that mean summer time's near...? this varied eggfly kept visiting here last summer.

Wow! That's beautiful! I've never seen one of them before. Commas overwinter as adult butterflies so they're one of the first butterflies to show up in the spring.

now that is something totally new to me, @Insectra! hibernating butterflies - i never knew that's an option for these fragile beings.

@walklightly we have a few that overwinter as adults. I always look forward to seeing them during warm, early spring days. The big one, which I'm surprised I haven't seen yet, is the mourning cloak.

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Pretty. Don't think I've ever seen one of those.

They're pretty common here in PA but I'm not sure if they make it to Florida.

Looks like they only make it into northern Florida.

@Insectra that would be why 🙂

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