The Green Comma is similar to the Eastern and Gray Commas. However, the wings of the Green Comma are somewhat more jagged. The upper side of the wings is reddish brown with wide dark borders. It is called a Green Comma because of the greenish submarginal bands on the underwings. A silver “comma” shape is located in the center of the hindwing.


Green Comma Butterfly” by J.N. Stuart, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Green Comma Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Nymphalinae

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

Butterfly Habitat: Forests, mountain streamsides, and  canyons


Green Comma Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Willow
  • Birch
  • Alder

Nectar Plants:

  • Tree Sap
  • Nectar from various flowers