Caterpillar Identification Guide

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) caterpillar

Common Name: Eastern Comma

Genus-Species: Polygonia comma

Host Plants: All members of the elm and nettle families including American elm, Hops, Nettle, False Nettle and Wood Nettle.

Habitat: A woodland species that is most often seen along woodland edges and trails.

Comments: The Eastern Comma is the most common of the commas and is found throughout the state. Adults of this species hibernate and appear on warm sunny days in the early spring, even when there is still snow present.