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butterfly or moth? Tulsa, Oklahoma, summer (this picture belongs to Scheree Tyner Davis) - Polygonia interrogationis

butterfly or moth? Tulsa, Oklahoma, summer (this picture belongs to Scheree Tyner Davis) - Polygonia interrogationis
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
I told my friend I'd help her find out "who" this lovely creature is.

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add the date the picture was taken

I believe
It is a question mark butterfly...they are extra gorgeous this year. But I am no expert....

 
I agree
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Yours is a "winter form" Question Mark, much lighter than the "summer form".

.......winter form...........summer form.....

 
butterfly or moth
This was DEFINATELY taken mid-summer - so it is not a "winter form"...I see by another submission it does look like a
Question Mark and her picture was taken in August.

 
"winter" vs "summer" forms
The terms "winter" and "summer" form refer to the times when the 2 forms fly in southern climates when the species is on the wing year-round, but in more northern areas neither form is actually on the wing during the winter (except during unseasonably warm spells). Here in Pennsylvania, for example, we see the "summer form" from April until July and the "winter form" from late July until September. This is the "winter form" of the Question Mark (the summer form has black hindwings), even though the butterfly was photographed in the summer. (I think "spring" and "fall" forms would be better terms personally...) :)

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