Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)
Description: Satyr Comma is most similar to Eastern Comma. See comments under the description of Eastern Comma for distinguishing features. Satyr Comma can be told from Green Comma by its more regular wing margin (wing margin very ragged in Green Comma) and the absence of green spots along the wing margins. Wingspan: 39 to 54 mm.
Maritime Distribution: Widespread throughout the Maritimes. For Atlas results click here.
Provincial Ranks: NB: S3. NS: S1?. PEI: S2.
Flight Period: Satyr Commas overwinter as adults, and can be seen flying in April to mid June and mid July to early September. There is one generation per year with adults emerging in mid July.
Host Plant: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).
Notes: The Satyr Comma is a rare but widespread woodland species. It rarely visits flowers but like most commas is attracted to animal droppings, carrion, sap and fermented fruit. It is often found sitting on wood roads and trails. All the commas are quick fliers and difficult to approach.
All commas can be difficult to identify, and being able to do so with confidence requires experience. This is particularly true with spring specimens that are quite worn.