Tag Archives: Comma

View of an orange butterfly with black and yellowish markings on the wings whilst resting on a green leaf

Comma. Photo: Rob Morrison

View of an orange butterfly with black and cream markings resting on the ground

Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Rob Morrison

Rob has sent us these two photos, taken whilst on his allowable exercise walk, together with the following additional comments:

The photo of the Small Tortoiseshell (my first for 2020) was taken on 09/05/2020 on the Kingston Lacy Estate in the area of Old Lawn Farm. This area is heavily farmed (arable) and butterflies are reliant on diminished hedgerows and near non existent field margins for flyways and nectaring.  The area is heavily exposed to wind with little protection available – which may partly explain the battered appearance of both the Comma and Small Tortoiseshell 

View of a resting orange butterfly with black and brown markings

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

View of a resting orange butterfly with black and brown markings.

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

Ann has sent us these two photos of a Comma with the following comments:
Yesterday, 22/04/2020 when I was at the orchid field in Waterloo Rd, Corfe Mullen again, I saw a Comma at the top of a group of several young ash trees, apparently feeding on the sap on the new buds. I’d not seen a butterfly do this before, so found it very interesting.
Side view of a resting orange butterfly with black markings

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of the underside of a resting orange butterfly with black markings

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian has sent us these photos taken in his garden at Harman’s Cross on 12/04/2020 when a Comma sat most obligingly on the stems of a Buddleia.  This allowed him to photograph it from all angles and he commented that it was most unusual to be able get a photo of one taken from underneath it.

View of an orange butterfly with black markings resting near some green leaves.

Comma. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona has sent us this photo, taken on 06/04/2020 of the first Comma of the year she has seen.  She saw it just opposite Corfe Hills School in Broadstone, shortly after she saw her first Orange Tip for this year which only settled briefly on a pile of cut vegetation, before flying off so no photo of that possible.

View of orange butterfly with black markings resting on a yellow garden hosepipe.

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of orange butterfly with black markings resting on a yellow garden hosepipe.

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian has sent us these photos taken on 03/04/2020 with the following comments:

In 2019 I posted photos of a Comma sitting on our yellow hose in our garden at Harman’s Cross. You included my account of this in the Autumn 2019 newsletter page 29. It came back most days to sit on the hose in the afternoon sunshine. We have now put out the hose to water our garden this year, and guess what? The Comma is back and sitting on its favourite place again. In one of my photos it appears to be touching the hose with its proboscis. I also witnessed a Peacock sitting on the hose today. As I said in my newsletter article you don’t need nectaring plants in your garden, just a nice yellow hose.

View of orange butterfly with black and brown markings resting on a branch.

Comma. Photo: Ann Barlow

A great photo of a Comma sent to us by Ann taken yesterday, 27/03/2020 at the edge of Upton Heath, near Corfe Mullen, where there was a nice sunny spot with several butterflies about.  She told us that there were at least 2 Commas and 2 Peacocks there and that this one had found a nice sunny branch which it kept returning to making it a bit easier to get a photo.

The Comma is the third most common species reported to Dorset BC so far this year with 60 records received, the first one being on 19/01/2020.  Brimstones currently head the list with 237 records received followed closely by Peacocks with 229.

View of orange butterfly with black markings resting on a white flower.

Comma. Photo: George McCabe

View of red butterfly with blue, black and white markings resting on white May blossom

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George spotted this Comma on Mayflower blossom in the hedge running along Icen Lane, Weymouth on 23/03/2020 – he tells us he was watching a Small White and a couple of Brimstone in flight when to his surprise he noticed this Comma sunning itself and he told us nothing was going to move it.

Then on 24/03/2020 he went out with one of his wife’s dogs up to Southdown Ridge, Littlemoor, Weymouth and found a hedge full of Mayflower blossom in a sun trap where he counted 8 Peacock butterflies, one of which seemed to him to be extra-large (he told us it was quite flighty so he could only get a quick photo of it).

View of Orange butterfly with black markings resting on a yellow flower

Comma. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent us this photo taken in his Harman’s Cross Garden on 24/03/2020 with the following comment (a sentiment many of us will share):

Seems I will now be spending a lot of time in my garden looking at the wildlife there

View of red butterfly with blue, black, white and yellow markings.

Peacock. Photo: Lynda Lambert

View of orange butterfly with black markings

Comma. Photo: Lynda Lambert

Lynda has sent us these lovely photos of the first garden butterflies she has seen in her Corfe Mullen garden this year – on 20/03/2020 she saw a Comma early in the morning and later in the afternoon she saw a Peacock sunning itself.  Two photos to help lift the spirits in these difficult times.

View of red butterfly with blue, black and white markings

Peacock. Photo: Roger Peart

View of orange butterfly with black markings resting on pink and white flower

Comma. Photo: Roger Peart

Roger sent us these two photos taken on 22/03/2020 in his Wimborne garden with the following comments:

The sun today brought out 4 species of butterfly to my garden (records sent separately). Three in quick succession from my kitchen window this morning: Comma, Brimstone, Small White. Then in the afternoon in the back garden another (maybe the same?) Comma and a Peacock.

The morning Comma (photo here) spent quite some time feeding on this bush and I was able to take  number of photos as it made its way over the flowers.

The Peacock is a bit tatty and has abrasion to its wings – could it have been hibernating in a confined space?