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Question Mark

Polygonia interrogationis

Description:

The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 5–7.5 cm (2–3 in). Its flight period is from May to September. "The silver mark on the underside of the hindwing is broken into two parts, a curved line and a dot, creating a ? shaped mark that gives the species its common name." females lay eggs singly or stacked under non-host leaves, caterpillars must search for host, hibernates as adult, some stay in north, others migrate south, males perch to locate females and puddles.

Habitat:

City parks, fence rows, suburbs, wooded areas with some open space.

Notes:

Caterpillars feed on members of the elm family,hackberry, and members of the nettle family. Adult butterflies prefer carrion, dung, rotting fruit, and tree sap.

No species ID suggestions

4 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

thank you!

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

Hi Keith, I added the Latin name and a the wikipedia link.

Isabela
Isabela 6 years ago

Great shot!

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

Question Mark Butterfly

West Babylon, New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Sep 15, 2010
Submitted on Sep 15, 2010

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