The Eastern Comma is a uniquely shaped butterfly 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.


Eastern Comma Butterfly” by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Eastern Comma Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/4 – 2 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Deciduous woodlands; woods near rivers, marshes, swamps, and other water sources


Eastern Comma Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • All species in the Elm family
  • All species in the Nettle family
  • Hops

Nectar Plants:

  • Tree Sap