I haven’t had a lot of luck getting pictures of any new insects lately, despite the coming of spring and all the creepy crawlies that come with that. However, this afternoon, I noticed some butterflies in my backyard and had a real-life game of Pokemon snap with them. I even got to use my Nikon to get some high quality photos!
Energized by the sunlight, the butterflies were moving fast and chasing each other about. But if I stood still long enough…
they would eventually land on me. A few ended up on top of my head, but one landed on my butt.
With that, may I introduce the Question Mark butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis.
These butterflies are so named for a silver marking on the underside of their wing which resembles a question mark. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a picture of it! This marking distinguishes them from other very similar looking punctuation-themed butterflies, the Comma and Eastern Comma butterflies. Both are orange, with a gradient of brown at their bottom wings, and black spots at the top. The undersides of the wings are brown or brown camouflage, depending on the species.
These lovely butterflies are out in numbers right now, and they’re easy to find in parks and near houses. They like sunlight, so they are often found in sunny patches of yard. If startled, they fly to nearby trees.