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This question mark survived last night's freezing temperatures and was warming up in the bright afternoon sunlight. It will be hibernating inside a hollow log or similar shelter when temps tank a few degrees more.

This QM was the size of a Comma - but had the diagnostic question mark on its wings below. Black is their summer form - and they have that beautiful lavender trim.


at the wetlands, North Georgia


Resting in the cedars


Ellicott City, Maryland


I only learned today that there is such a thing as a Question Mark Butterfly. This one surprised me as butterflies were certainly not on my mind since it's February. But again, this is Georgia, so you never know!

btw the question mark is in the underside of the butterfly, with a curve and a dot on one of the wings.


2021 Weekly Alphabet Challenge: Happy (to learn something new and to see this critter).

52 in 2021 Orange

121 in 2021: Shades of Orange


Winged creatures will come

If I don't rake the apples

After they've fallen

Taken in our garden.

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Have a nice day!

Lat year was a great year for butterflies, still have plenty of photos.

Equipped with its own punctuation mark on the lower wing.


Montgomery County, Maryland

Question Mark Butterfly, European Hornet and Red Admiral Butterfly. The butterflies are maneuvering towards the Hornet to gain access to the holes in the Willow Oak bark.


Prime Hook NWR, Delaware.

Upper Peninsula of Michigan




Late in the evening I found this question mark butterfly high in a hackberry tree.

Tarde por una tarde, se me encontró esta mariposa ninfa alta en un almez americano.

Another underwing shot of a very differently coloured, freshly emerged summer form of Question Mark butterfly. This is the largest of the Polygonia (Comma) species from North America, multi-brooded with the larvae feeding on Nettle, Hop and Elm. Adults hibernate.


Species in the genus Polygonia are referred to collectively as the anglewings. The genus name, Polygonia, is derived from the Greek word for "many angles" and refers to the outlines of the wings. The question mark, Polygonia interrogationis (Fabricius), is a common, medium-sized butterfly of wooded areas and suburbs that is often, but not always, associated with moist areas. With its wings folded, it resembles a dead leaf and is highly cryptic.


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A freshly emerged summer form of Question Mark butterfly. This is the largest of the Polygonia (Comma) species from North America, multi-brooded with the larvae feeding on Nettle, Hop and Elm. Adults hibernate.


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Another in the series from the Blooming Butterfly exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

I believe this to be a Question Mark Butterfly based on the 2 small white markings on the underside of the wings. Seen in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Oakville, Ontario.

(Polygonia interrogationis)

A question mark butterfly on some buttonbush flowers showing off its namesake wing marking.

A Question Mark butterfly

has no answer.

Birds, butterflies and ants all love it!! I am not sure of the identity of this butterfly,,,,,didn't catch it with its wings open!! wishing you all a good and thanks so much for your visits,,,,,

Question Mark Butterfly competing with the flies to get access to the holes in the Willow Oak bark.

This image was rotated 90 degrees.

Prime Hook NWR, Delaware.

I think that here in the UK we don't get the question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis), so no potential punctuation mix-ups for us!

Though this guy gave me as many shots as I wanted with its wings completely folded up, the only time it allowed me to see its rich orange colouring was in flight. This glimpse was all I managed to capture.

Spent several hours at the gardens and was on my way out when I spotted this lovely Question Mark butterfly basking in the evening sunlight. The summer form seem to have more vivid coloring on the undersides.

This image has been rotated 90 degrees in order to more easily view these insects. The Question Mark Butterfly and European Hornet are exploring/tasting the insect bore holes in this tree.

There's a Red Admiral Butterfly (wings closed) blurred out in the foreground.

Prime Hook NWR, Delaware.

I've come across these butterflies several times this year and until today was unable to get a good photo of one. I will try to get a good picture of a Question Mark butterfly for comparison. There is really only '1 dot' difference between the two.



Yesterday, September ended with exquisite pre-autumn weather, with early morning temps in the 50*s and reaching the low 70*s late in the day under sunny cloudless skies...the perfect day to hike the vast Upper Delta! I was happy to find three Question Mark caterpillars along with other cool things on my day long excursion...

A fine collection on this Willow Oak, all trying to get their chance to access the sap via some insect bore holes.

Question Mark (top Left), Red Admiral (top right), a tattered Red Admiral (lower left), and a European Hornet in the center tying up the access.

Prime Hook NWR, Delaware.

For this ‘new month’ greeting, I chose the autumn-colored Question Mark Butterfly ... Happy October everyone!

(Behind on my comments again, hope to 'get there' soon :-)


About Eastern Comma & Question Mark Butterflies

Members of the brush-footed family, the Eastern Comma and Question Mark are also known as anglewings because of their angular wing shape. When their wings are closed they are camouflaged to look like dried leaves and remain well-hidden. Adults hibernate over winter, some staying in the north, many migrating to the south, making them long-lived for a butterfly; they top off at about eight months. Because their blood contains a sort of butterfly “anti-freeze,” glycerol, these butterflies can withstand very cold weather.


They get their name from a silver mark located on the underside of their hindwing. The Question Mark butterfly has a mark that looks like a question mark turned on its side, while the Eastern Comma has a sideways comma. Since I did not see the hindwings, I’m basing my ID on the number of spots on the front wings. When viewed from the top, the Eastern Comma Butterfly has three dark spots in a row on each of its front wings and the Question Mark butterfly has four, like this one.


When open, the edge of the Question Mark butterfly’s wings is outlined in a beautiful lavender color. The upperside hindwing of summer form which flies from May to September is mostly black with a short tail; that of winter form, adults which appear in late August from eggs laid by the summer form, has much orange and a longer, violet-tipped tail.


As I headed home yesterday after a day long hike, I decided to stop by the plum trees in hopes a butterfly might have joined the Eight-spotted Forester wish came true as this beauty briefly touched down high in one tree...and my day was complete!


Question Marks often migrate south to hibernate over the winter and emerge when spring draws near!

I have a question

What's the difference between

This and the Comma?

Comma or Question Mark butterfly, not sure which.


Peace Valley Park

Doylestown, PA

Polygonia interragationis, question mark butterfly

I saw this butterfly in my back yard so I grabbed the camera and got a shot. I looked for one in the park later that day but didn't see any. The late season form of this species that overwinters is more colorful than the summer form.

Question Mark Butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)



The colors reminded me of the Creamsicle ice cream bars...


This butterfly was on an old building with thick, cracked paint, it just looked like a painting to me, kind of arty. :)

(I can't remember what kind of butterfly it is anymore, if someone knows, please let me know if you would)


Taken from about 20 feet away.


Question Mark Butterfly


Scientific Name: Polygonia interrogationis (Fabricius)


Male Purple Martin with Question Mark butterfly prey, resembles a face mask. Milford, Connecticut, USA. 2 July 2020. © Frank Mantlik

One of my favorite butterflies, the Question Mark is one that I seldom ever see...I may have only gotten shots of two in six I was beside myself when I spotted this one at Fort Morgan this morning!


Explore # 462 October 19, 2015

Fruit-eating butterflies feeding on watermelon we provided for them.

I recently purchased an orange bird feeder to attract Baltimore Orioles. Well, today a Question Mark butterfly was out in the rain enjoying an orange. At least something is using the feeder.

Question Mark Butterfly feeding on a Fig.

Question Mark Butterfly with its wings open, proboscis extended.

Prime Hook NWR, Delaware

After a disastrous captive breeding programme this year, I may have success with a batch of 10 Question Mark butterflies. This 40mm final instar Polygonia interragationis larva is about to pupate; the other nine caterpillars have already formed their chrysalis on the Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) food plant.


The Question Mark is a nymphalid butterfly and is the largest of the Polygonia (Comma) species from North America. It lives in wooded areas, city parks, generally in areas with a combination of trees and open space.


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Question Mark Butterfly....Thanks to fotofreak for the identifying....You can see her photos here -

The Question Mark is a North American nymphalid butterfly. They live in wooded areas and city parks, or generalQuestion Mark Butterfly (Polygonia Interrogationis) on Buddleialy in areas which feature trees and free spaces. The way their wings appear textured and coloured aids in camouflage by resembling a dead leaf. The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 4.5–7.6 cm (1.8–3.0 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."


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