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

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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

hurray! doesn't that mean summer time's near...? this varied eggfly kept visiting here last summer.

walklightly Level 8 Apr 16, 2018

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.


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 smile001.gif