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Eastern Comma - Polygonia comma

Large butterfly endemic in eastern Canada and one of the first butterflies that can be spotted in the spring. Unlike other butterflies, this species doesn’t visit flowers. It feeds on tree sap and rotting fruits.

Common Names

  • Eastern Comma (en)
  • Polygonia Comma (es)
  • Polygone virgule (fr)
  • Polygonia Comma (de)


  • Lepidoptera
  • Nymphalidae
  • Polygonia comma

Where & When to Spot

I spot this species usually early spring (april) feeding on sap of trees or along creeks formed by melting snow and ice.

How to Identify

To identify this species check the three dots in a row on the forewings.


Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-04-17

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 500mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.3; Iso 640;

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