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 you will see the beautiful orange and black patterns as the wings open if you’re lucky. The Eastern Comma has chased 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 the spots were gold, higher prices, if silver, lower prices. These fascinating butterflies are exciting to see flying around in your gardens.