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Butterfly ID - Polygonia interrogationis - male - female

Butterfly ID - Polygonia interrogationis - Male Female
Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
May 25, 2012
Size: didn't take note
Because of the angle I'm not expecting a definitive ID on this but I was struck by the seemingly random "question mark" - marking on both male & female's wings.

Okay, I just did a search for "question mark" thinking it was a long shot... and found there's actually a butterfly with that name and found a similar photo here. Are these Question Mark Butterflies (Polygonia interrogationis)?

Moved
Bill,
Welcome to BugGuide! I agree with Cliff's ID, though you cannot always depend on a question mark stigma. When absent, you can still separate from Polygonia comma in ventral view, by the scalloped outer margin between the “tail” and the inner margin.
Robert

Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks, Robert
So wait, there are Comma butterflies too? Do they come in serif and san serif fonts? Gosh, you folks are really helpful here. Thanks again.

Yes it is.
Male and female Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis)

 
Thanks!
Thanks, Cliff. I didn't notice the question marks on the butterflies until I looked at the photo. It's appropriately named and I suppose there's a bit of irony in my wondering what type of butterfly it was.

 
Excellent Photographs!
Bill,
I checked out your website …quite impressive photography. I like your “Halsman jump shot.” My favorites are your black & white photographs. Are you still using film for b/w?
Robert

 
Thanks!
Thanks, Robert. I had to think a minute about your Halsman reference then realized which shot you meant. Maybe next I'll shoot a jumping spider in mid jump!

I only shoot B&W film in larger formats now but most of my work is digital.

 
B&W
I don't care what anybody says, digital B&W does not have the range of film. I ♥ shooting B&W landscapes with my Mamiya C330. Nothing comes close. I'm retired as Curator of the American Sports Art Museum. One of my functions was photographing new employees (head'n'shoulders). When I had someone so self-conscious they could not could not relax, I would use a variation on the Halsman method. I'd have them stand on one leg. Worked every time :)
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