Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
This uniquely shaped butterfly is fun to watch and has a silver ‘comma’ shape on the hindwings. It easily camouflages with leaves, but if you’re lucky, you will see the beautiful orange and black patterns as the wings open.
The Eastern Comma has been known to chase after birds, other insects, and even people. They are commonly attracted to tree sap and well ripened fruit as a food source.
A host plant for the Eastern Comma is Hops. Long ago, their pupae were used to predict the price of hops; if their spots were gold, higher prices, if silver, lower prices.
These fascinating butterflies are exciting to see flying around in your gardens.