gray comma

(Polygonia progne)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

gray comma

NatureServe

N4N5 - Apparently Secure to Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Two broods: June to July and August to early October.

Habitat

Clearings in deciduous or coniferous woods; dirt roads, streams.

Size

Wingspan: 1½ to 2

 
 
Identification

The “comma” marking on the underside of the forewing of the gray comma is thin and tapers at both ends. The undersides of the wings are dark gray and heavily striated.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Gooseberries

 
Adult Food

Sap

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 20, 21, 24, 29, 71.
 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])

 

Family:

Nymphalidae (brush-foots)

 

Subfamily:

Nymphalinae (true brushfoots)

 

Tribe:

Nymphalini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

gray comma

grey comma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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I had a beautiful specimen of a gray comma in my Minneapolis yard recently (June 28th). I've included... one with the wings closed so the 'gray comma' is quite visible.

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  Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)
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  Gray Comma ( Butterfly )
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Published on Mar 5, 2013

This is a very cool looking butterfly that looks like a dried up leaf when it's wings are folded together.

   
       
  Gray Comma Butterfly
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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2011

One of those "stop and smell the flowers" moments. This beautiful creature was sitting on the railing of my house. (Music: Lisa Gerrard - Shadow Magnet)

   
       

 

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Location: Minneapolis

I had a beautiful specimen of a gray comma in my Minneapolis yard recently (June 28th). I've included... one with the wings closed so the 'gray comma' is quite visible.

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