This species can be seen from early spring until late fall. It sometimes wanders into the butterfly garden, but is more common along wood margins. Its name is derived from the silver comma found on the underside of the hindwing. Although it has been seen visiting boneset and buddleia, its primary food sources are reported to be tree sap and rotting fruit. Due to its resemblance to a dry leaf it is difficult to see when perched. The summer form of the species has an almost black dorsal hingwing. The dorsal hindwing of individuals encountered in the fall will be similar in color to the dorsal forewing.
The Eastern Comma is similar to the Question Mark which occupies similar habitats.