Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Question Mark

Question Mark
The question mark butterfly is a true brushfoot butterfly. They are a part of the Genus Polygonia which is more commonly called the comma or punctuation mark butterflies. That is because each species of the Polygonia Genus has a conspicuous white or silver mark on the underside of the hind wing that resembles a punctuation mark. The mark on the question mark butterfly is broken into two parts, an arc and a dot, which makes it appear like a question mark. Question marks are found through out the eastern United States and into northeastern Canada. They usually feed on things such as dung, rotten fruit, tree sap and carrion but will drink nectar, as in the photo above, if their usual foods are not available. They are usually seen from late May to September but may be seen earlier or later in some of the warmer portions of their range.


10 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

WHAT? That's a real creature name?!

photowannabe said...

My, their diet isn't magical like the image of beautiful butterflies.

uberrhund said...

They look well camouflaged for a woodsy environment. All about not getting consumed by something larger!

Leslie: said...

Hmmmm??? Never heard of it.

Leslie
abcw team

Wally Jones said...

Very nice image!

ChrisJ said...

Fascinating information. The butterflies around here rarely seem to stay still long enough to be identified, never mind take a photo.

Emille said...

At first second it has more of a bat or a moth (in layman's eyes! Hmm, rotten fruit doesn't seem very appealing to me:)

Honest Abe said...

I hope to see more butterflies next summer. We had none this summer. Your photograph is exciting for me to see.

Paula Scott said...

Beautiful butterfly-I especially love the coloration on the wings). Always enjoy learning here.

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