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Question Mark

Polygonia interrogationis

8 Comments

meganhartson
meganhartson 8 years ago

Thank you! Yes what little beautys they are!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Good luck. This was a nice spotting and one of my favorite kinds of butterflies. Sometimes in winter here they come out of hibernation and cheer my hikes.

meganhartson
meganhartson 8 years ago

Okay I will try to put it in a container with moisture in a towel. Thanks again :)

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

If you must absolutely know because dead butterflies dry our very quickly, collectors use a simple method to relax the wings. Put the butterfly in a container on a damp paper towel. It will rehydrate a bit and usually you can get the muscles loose enough to snap the other way. The down side is the specimen can mold quickly. Or you can just wait till you are through sketching and break a wing off and look for the mark.

meganhartson
meganhartson 8 years ago

I believe it looks more like the Question Mark the wing just isn't as fancy looking as the other Comma Mark. But its still hard to tell. It has been dead for a couple days now and the wings are hard to open to see the underside.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Which one did you pick the one with the comma mark or the question mark? Wing apex looked more like a question to me.

meganhartson
meganhartson 8 years ago

Thanks gatorfellows thats what I thought it was but it was hard to tell from the sketch in my ID book.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

This is a Question Mark or Comma butterfly. The ID marks are on the underwings. The wings in the photo are the top wings. Often in death, a butterflies muscles will collapse the wings in a closed down not up position.
Here is a side by side comparison resource for you.
http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/fra...

meganhartson
Spotted by
meganhartson

Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2012

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