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Eastern Comma - Polygonia comma
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Eastern Comma - Bell Forest, NB - 2008-09-08
Photo © Jim Edsall
Status in Nova Scotia
Extremely rare. The Maritimes Butterfly Atlas S-rank for this species is "S1?:Extremely rare: May be especially vulnerable to extirpation (typically 5 or fewer occurrences or very few remaining individuals)".

Flight Period
April through mid-October. Two broods.

Gardens and waste places, moist woodlands, along roads.

Larval Foodplants
Stinging nettles (Urtica spp.), Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis), elm (Ulmus spp.) and Hops(Humulus lupulus).

Similar Species in Nova Scotia
Similar to other anglewings, especially Question Mark and Satyr Comma.

This species was not recorded by Ferguson. It is possible that some records may have been misidentified as other species - anglewings are not easy to identify.

The Eastern Comma is also known as the Hop Merchant.

Further Reading

Eastern Comma - Fredericton, NB, 2010-07-27
Eastern Comma - Fredericton, NB - 2010-07-27
Photo © Jim Edsall