My wildlife photographs are rarely top draw, however I do seem to be very fortunate with Comma Butterflies;
|Barnes Wood Comma|
The Comma butterfly is a great icon for conservation hope (or species resilience in the face of adversity) as
this butterfly almost disappeared from the UK at the turn of the twentieth century. It would appear that this butterfly increased its larval food-plant range from Hop (Humulus lupulus) and Elm (Ulmus spp), to include Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) too. So from a low population period in about 1910 it has made a spectacular comeback and it is now well distributed in East Sussex as well as the rest of the southern UK.
|Comma Distribution Map (Mapmate)|
|Sussex Comma Population; weekly record counts|
Reference: Phillip's Guide to Butterflies of Britain and Ireland. J.A.Thomas
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Sussex Butterfly Report :- Figures and Errata for Dingy and Grizzled Skipper Species Champion Reports in the 2013 Sussex Butterfly Report.
Figures & Errata