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Scalloped-winged butterfly - Polygonia satyrus - female

Scalloped-winged butterfly - Polygonia satyrus - Female
Wylie Rd. , Skagit County, Washington, USA
October 2, 2010
Size: 2"+
It looks like a Satyr

I would tend to agree with P. satyrus
but take these traits with a grain of salt - they aren't always reliable. I'm just pointing out that sometimes it is easy to get faked out by looking at one character. The over-all "cleanness" and "sharpness" of the pattern on this one does favor P. satyrus, but I'd sure like to see the under side. Note the spots on these P. oreas at BOA:

a P. oreas selinus female,
and a
P. oreas selinus male

And, while the exception in P. satyrus, and while they usually don't look much like other species (except perhaps P. zephyrus, but not P. oreas) they may have the same spots reduced or (more often on the hind wing) absent. It most often happens in Arizona, but it happens elsewhere too.

and the lectotype male of Grapta chrysoptera (a synonym of P. satyrus) from California


Satyr Comma
Two black spots on forewing inter margin and black spot at center of hindwing.


Moved from ID Request.

It is indeed an "Anglewing" - in genus Polygonia
probably a female, but P. interrogationis does not occur in Washington. It is more likely P. satyrus or P. oreas, but doesn't look quite "typical" for either. A photo of the underside makes it much easier to identify these to species.

Could be a Polygonia interrogationis
but not 100% sure

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