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Moth or Butterfly? - Polygonia interrogationis

Moth or Butterfly? - Polygonia interrogationis
Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA
August 5, 2006
Size: 1/2 to 1 inch
Taken in a field of milkweed plants. Wondering if this is a moth or a butterfly and what kind. Thanks.

to species page.

I confess I knew it was a butterfly because I recognized the species. But clues to its butterflyness are 1) the antennae are clubbed with a little ellipoidal ball at their ends (as opposed to feathery or straight) and 2) it holds its wings out flat and spread rather than folded.

Look at the genus Polygonia in the guide and you'll find this guy!

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Polygonia interrogationis

Thanks to both of you for your help.

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