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Polygonia interrogationis

Polygonia interrogationis
Tarrant County, Texas, USA
May 31, 2007
I've been calling these butterflies Leafwings, but it seems they're called Question Marks or Commas by some people. I'm wondering if the two latter names refer to the white mark on their hingwing that looks like a broken C on its side. We had lots of these butterflies on our peaches this year. I snapped a picture of several on our early peaches. They seemed to getting drunk on the fermented juice of spoiled peaches. Some would fly down to the ground and just lie there with their wings spread.


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Question Mark
This is indeed a Question Mark butterfly. You can tell by the white "comma" mark and the underlining "period," comprising the question mark symbol. Comma butterflies have just the "comma" mark, and is an easy way to tell them apart - providing you have a picture of the outside of the wings like this.

As to fruit, that's one of their favorite things, especially rotting fruit. Apples that had fallen to the ground in my backyard is what attracted both kinds here last year.

Compare the mark on yours to this Question Mark butterfly:
and ..

Thank you very much. I had a
Thank you very much. I had about come to that conclusion after asking my question and deciding to do a search. I'm new and haven't quite gotten the hang of using the site.

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