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Photo#140604
Question Mark Butterfly - Polygonia interrogationis

Question Mark Butterfly - Polygonia interrogationis
up-state, South Carolina, USA
October 4, 2005
Size: ~ 2 inches tip to tip

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Eastern Comma
Lack of FW black horizontal subapical mark indicates Comma. Can't see diagnostic full question mark on ventral HW. See Plate 33-4 in Glassberg's Butterflies through Binoculars.

Rod

 
Doesn't this photo show that
Doesn't this photo show that mark on the forewing above? Also, on the ventral hindwing, I think the camera flash or bright sunlight makes the "dot" of the question mark difficult to see. I think I can just make it out. Jim, if you got another photo of the underside, it might be useful.

 
question mark
hi Bob, here's a closer shot of the wing in question..

 
Question Mark
The third shot, clearly showing the question mark on the ventral HW, is conclusive.

Rod

Question mark
I do believe this is a Question Mark, Polygonia interrogationis, not a Comma. The difference is that the "comma" marking on the hindwing below is accompanied by a dot (making the "question mark"). Also, on the forewing above there is a row of four spots, where the Commas all have but three.

Very nice photo.

 
coma id
thanks Bob, my wife has always thought so too.

Wow
out of this world colors!

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