Eastern comma

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Eastern comma 
Polygonia comma

Wing span: 
1 3/4 to 2 1/2  inches 

Caterpillar hosts plants: 
members of the elm family (Ulmaceae) including American elm, Ulmus; hackberry, Celtis; and members of the nettle family (Urticaceae) including false nettle, Boehmeria; hop, Humulus; nettle, Urtica; wood nettle, Laportea

Adult food:  
rotting fruit, tree sap, and nectar of butterfly bush, Buddleia; dandelion, Taraxacum

deciduous woodlands, woods near rivers, marshes, swamps, near other water sources 

females lay eggs singly or in stacks on underside of host leaves or stems, hibernates as adults, some migrate south, males perch to locate females. 

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