Sunday, September 20, 2009

Green Comma Butterfly

The comma butterflies are a genus of butterflies in the brush-footed family that are identified by a white mark, resembling a comma, on the underside of the hindwing. The comma butterflies are often found perched on the ground or vegetation with their wings folded, this is a form of protection because in this state they are easily mistaken for a dead leaf.
There are seven different types of comma in North America. Most can be identified by the shape of the comma and the pattern on the upperside of the wings. I believe that this one is a green comma. It is difficult to make out any green on the underside of the wings but the wide black border and the combination of spots found on the upperside of the wings indicate that it is probably a green comma. Green comma can be found in northeastern Minnesota and range up into Canada but they are much more common in the northwestern portions of North America, like Yellowstone where I took these photographs.

7 comments:

awarewriter said...

Fantastic images of fascinating creatures. Well done indeed.

John

Christina. Sweden said...

Great macros!
Shows the magic of nature, beautiful colors and yet so invisibl eif necessary

Jama said...

Gorgeous little butterfly, love them!

madcobug said...

A beautiful Butterfly. Helen

Valerie said...

DOn't you love how the camera helps you to see so up close! I really enjoy the new view that I am experiencing seeing all of these shots. Thanks for sharing! nice work,

jay said...

Commas are really quite rare here, but you captured a beautiful specimen! Great info, too!

Splendid Little Stars said...

captured so well!