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Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly

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LESLIE J BORG / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LESLIE J BORG / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) at rest. The comma butterfly, which has a wingspan of up to 45 millimetres, is native to southern England and Wales. During the early part of the 20th century their numbers dropped to near extinction level but now they are a relatively common sight. In hibernation, with their wings folded, they reesemble a dead leaf. Their caterpillars used to be known as hop-cats because of their affinity for the hops which were grown for beer throughout Britain. Nowadays they make do with nettles.

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