Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Comma Butterfly North Fife

Today I was amazed to notice this Comma butterfly on ragwort in the garden. Polygonia c-album was only 100 years ago almost extinct in Britain. The reason for its decline is still a mystery, but from 1830 to 1920 sightings in the southern counties of England were reduced to just one or two. It wasn't until around 1930 that numbers started to increase. Today the comma is a familiar sight in southern England and Wales and now Scotland. Its food plants are Birch, Elm, Willow and Nettle all of which are in the garden. The most common visitor this year has been large and small whites which have decimated our cabbages. It was a delight to see, the butterfly, not the cabbages.

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