The Eastern Comma or Hop Merchant
Polygonia comma (Harris, 1842)
A single dark postmedian spot near the bottom edge of the upper forewing;
a dark border on the upper hindwing enclosing pale spots; the hindwing is
promarily black in summer forms and orange with black spots in winter forms
(Opler and Malikul, 1992).
The Hop Merchant is 2 - 2 7/16 inches in width (Opler and Malikul, 1992).
The caterpillar of the Eastern Comma feeds on nettles, elm and hops (Opler
and Malikul, 1992).
The butterfly is found in most of the eastern U.S.A. (Opler and Malikul,
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