59.031 .... B&F 1598
Comma Polygonia c-album (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....Now once again a common butterfly across most of Nottinghamshire, following a huge resurgence since the 1960's. The Comma is generally found in more wooded habitats and along stretches of mature hedgerows etc. But it is by no means restricted to these, as it is also very much at home in our suburban parks and gardens, despite the greatest number of records coming from the more forested areas lying on Sherwood Sandstone. This is another butterfly which suffered a run of poor years between 2006 and 2008. But it's recovery has seen numbers increase to more than four times what they were in 2007, despite not doing as well in 2012 and 2016.
Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter September 2018
Photographed at Hare Hill Wood June 2003
Early stages                            
Ova/egg. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter July 2022
Half-grown larva. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter August 2022.
Full grown larva. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter August 2021.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Comma
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Pauline Bradford. Nottingham City Council. Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Stuart Warrington. Tom Shields. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett. David Shaw. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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