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.

How To Identify

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

Where and 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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 500mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 640


Polygonia comma