Nymphalis egea Cramer, 1775
Syn.: Polygonia egea Cramer, 1775
Common names: Southern Comma [En], Vanesse des pariétaires [Fr], Zuidelijke aurelia [Nl], Βανέσσα της παριετάριας [Gr], Anadolu Yırtık Pırtığı [Tr]
Evdilos, Ikaria ● Greece (on a bush of Vitex agnus-castus)
Description: Lighter golden brown above. Pale yellow-brown undersides are mottled hindwing has a small v-shaped white marking near the center.
This species and the Comma, Nymphalis c-album, are distinctive. The Southern Comma is generally paler and brighter with fewer and smaller black marking on the upperside.
Biology: It flies from March to September depending on the location.
The larvae feed on Parietaria officinalis.
Habitat: Dry rocky hillsides; old walls and ruins.
Distribution: South-East Europe, Middle East, Iran, Pakistan, Bhutan.
Matt Rowlings, Eurobutterflies
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.