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Butterfly - Polygonia interrogationis

Butterfly - Polygonia interrogationis
Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, USA
August 10, 2014
Size: Wing span 10 cm?
Is it possible to identify this butterfly from this view? I make the wholly uneducated guess that it is a purplish copper. If so, what might have happened to it? Looks like he backed into a squirrel-cage blower and lost the argument.


Moved from ID Request.

It's in the genus Polygonia,
It's in the genus Polygonia, likely Polygonia interrogationis from this angle.

Agree, it's a Question Mark
The unique black dash near tip of FW above is visible. A gorgeous and unusual shaped butterfly.

Gorgeous indeed
Yes, thanks, it was a gorgeous orangeish color, but by the time I had gotten my camera out it decided to sit placidly in a tree. I can tell from your picture that the wing is not damaged, as I had originally suspected. I solemnly promise not to identify any insects by myself in the future.

Thanks to both commenters, for the identification, as well as for the encouragement!

The wings looking ragged is c
The wings looking ragged is camouflage. It breaks up the shape of the butterfly making it more irregular and that's how it tries to fool predators.

Please keep trying to do ID
That's how we learn. I was so embarrassed 2 years ago when I started learning butterfly identification but now feel confident that I can ID most in my area.

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