The Comma has widened its UK distribution remarkably in the last 20 years. It was first recorded in Cumbria in the early 1990s and has since spread quickly right through the county and on well into Scotland. It is another of the few species which overwinters as an adult butterfly so will emerge in the early spring. A habitat generalist, it is well suited to survival and expansion of range.

Where to look

Although widespread, numbers are low and this remains a relatively uncommon butterfly outside the south Cumbria area.

Record distribution and images.

When to look

Early April to early Autumn with a lull late May until mid June to await the new emergence.

Recorded flight times. Cumulative records. Annual frequency.