11 April 2011

2nd butterfly of the year

I saw the 1st butterfly of 2011 last week. But our encounter was very brief and provided no opportunity for an identification.

The 2nd butterfly of the year appeared today, stayed longer and even let me take a few pictures of itself. This is the best shot I could get with my iPhone camera. I enlarged the original slightly to assist with the identification.

If I'm not mistaken, it is an eastern comma (Polygonia comma).

1 comment:

Tristram Brelstaff said...

I also have just seen my first Polygonia comma of the year. Here in southen UK we've just had 6 sunny days in a row with temperatures reaching 19 to 21C each day, and the insect numbers have just exploded. I am seeing species that I wasn't expecting to see until May, at least. However, my current favorites are these longhorn moths.