The unkempt gardens of Ratz Manor are host to a variety of butterflies; white, blue, speckled and spotted. Sadly most of these flit around in the high branches of the trees, instead of conveniently sunning themselves within photographic reach of a stumpy legged photographer. Not so the comma butterfly.
The comma is so named due to the white comma shape visible when the wings are raised. It also has a very distinctive ragged shape to the wings, unique among British butterflies. This helps to camouflage it, allowing it to resemble a crumpled leaf when the wings are raised. The caterpillars of the comma also employ a stealth mechanism by resembling a bird dropping.
View original post 291 mots de plus