tiny white egg od a Comma Butterfly laid on a neetle

Comma Egg. Photo: Dave Law

Dave saw a light golden Comma, known as hutchinsoni form laying an egg on nettles at the side of his pond near Shaftesbury on  14/07/19.

The photo is purposely left uncropped to show the size of the egg in relation to just a part of the nettle leaf.

This form is found throughout its range and represents individuals that go on to produce a second brood, which differ from those individuals that overwinter as follows:

  • 1. Overall appearance much paler.
  • 2. The underside is especially paler, being yellow-brown with darker markings nearer the body, and with a few green spots and other marks at the wing margins.

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