Gray Comma

Polygonia progne (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 2

Range: Found from British Columbia southeast to Missouri and east to the East Coast. Statewide in Nebraska with the exception of the sand hills and southwest.

Broods/Flight Times: At least two flights. Nebraska records are from 22 April – 31 October

Larval Hostplant(s): Ribes species, particularly Missouri Gooseberry (Ribes missouriense) for the eastern half of the state.

Habitat: Adults frequent woodland margins where their host plants often grow as understory plants.

Found at: Gilbert-Baker, Burr Oak, Little Blue, Silver Creek, Red Fox, Table Rock & Basswood Ridge SWMAs, Indian Cave SP, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Victoria Springs SRA, Scotia Chalk Mine

Overwintering: As adults

Similar Species: Eastern Comma and Question Mark. On the Gray Comma the silver “comma” on the ventral hind wing resembles a kinked straw – straight with a bend in the middle. Two spots on the dorsal hindwing instead of three. Lacks the “eyebrow” on the dorsal forewing that interrogationis has


Gray Comma, Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Gray Comma – dorsal
Gray Comma – ventral

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