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Photo#543131
Questionable Question Mark - Polygonia comma - female

Questionable Question Mark - Polygonia comma - Female
Miami Whitewater Forest, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
July 9, 2011
The white marks suggest that this a Question Mark but the coloration and the shape of the wing margin suggest a Comma. I did not get a photo of the dorsum. Both species were common in the general area.

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Questionable Question Mark - Polygonia comma - female Questionable Question Mark - Polygonia comma - female

Good eye! You are correct - this is a Comma
This is an excellent example of how a single characteristic can be misleading. The Question Mark can rarely have a solid undivided mark as well. It is good that you looked at the overall appearance/pattern. Most people would have not questioned the Question Mark.

Anyway, if you look closely and compare with the marks on other Commas and Question Marks, you'll see that even though it is divided, it is still shaped like the ones on the Commas.

Another option (I think highly unlikely) is that this is a hybrid. However, there is nothing else about it that might suggest it is. Plus, I don't even know if they could hybridize; probably not, though they are closely related. I do think that Satyrs and Commas occasionally hybridize though, especially where both are uncommon, but meet on the northern Great Plains.

Moved from ID Request.

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