Nymphalids - Vanessa & Polygonia


Widespread and strongly migratory.


Wavy red band

Only found on the Canary Islands.

Lacks blue pencilled spots on hindwing.

Very rare migrant form U.S. Like cardui, with blue pencilled spots.
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral

Vanessa indica

Indian Red Admiral

Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady

Vanessa virginiensis

American Painted Lady

A silver comma shaped mark is in the centre of the underside hindwing

The silver underside mark forms a 'y' instead of a comma.

Only southern Europe.

Polygonia c-album

Comma Butterfly

Polygonia egea

Southern Comma






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