Question Mark

Polygonia interrogationis (Fabricius, 1798)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: From southern Manitoba this species is found east to the East Coast and south through Florida and into central Mexico. It is found statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: At least two flights. Up to five may occur farther south. Found in Nebraska from 28 April – 23 October.

Larval Hostplant(s): Elms, Hackberries, Hops and Nettles (Ulmus, Celtis, Humulus, Urtica) species.

Habitat: Primarily found in the vicinity of woodlands, but also utilizes urban landscapes.

Found at:

Overwintering: As adults. It may also be on the wing on warm winter days.

Similar Species: Other Anglewings (Polygonia species)

Notes: As a woodland resident it is adept at utilizing non-nectar sources for nutrition. In addition to nectar it can be found on sap flows, scat, carrion and mud. It’s name is derived from the silver shaped marking on its ventral hindwing. There are several seasonal forms of this butterfly. A “summer form” has the dorsal hindwing mostly black. The ventral side is variable as well with some being almost uniformly brown and others being much more mottled in appearance.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Question Mark – dorsal
Question Mark – ventral

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