Why a comma I wondered?
Names do matter and it seemed an odd one until I turned my little
butterfly over. One of the most
interesting things about butterflies is the difference in the appearance of the frontside and the backside. So when I unpinned my butterfly, I looked at both sides. On the side that is visible when the wings are held open, the dorsal side, I saw the colorful Eastern Comma. When I turned it
over to see the the side you see when the wings are held closed over the body, the ventral side, I was happily surprised. As you
can see the ventral side is brownish and leaf-like, surely to help for camouflage,
and there they were on the two lower or hindwings—tiny commas, slightly silvery in
appearance. Like all commas, they made