Polygonia c-aureum

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Asian comma
Polygonia c-aureum in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Polygonia
Species: P. c-aureum
Binomial name
Polygonia c-aureum
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Nymphalis c-aureum

Polygonia c-aureum (Asian comma) is a middle-size butterfly found in Japan (from Hokkaidō to Tanegashima), Korean Peninsula, China, Taiwan, and Indochina.


It has a wingspan of 27 mm. Wings are orange with black dots. The undersides of the wings is mottled brown(tree bark-like) with a shiny comma mark on the center of the hindwing. The main difference with other comma species is that it has blueish markings on the bottom of its hindwing.


P. c-aureum is common in suburban areas. It is not a threatened species. The larvae of the species feed on plants such as:
Humulus japonicus, the Japanese hop.

See also[edit]


  • Kazuo Unno et al., Hana-to chou-wo tanoshimu batafurai gāden nyūmon, Nou-san-gyo-son bunka kyoukai, 15/Jun/1999, ISBN 4-540-98135-8