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Polygonia interrogationis
Description:
Medium sized butterfly measuring up to 3" in length. The upperside is red-orange in color with black spots. The summer form is mostly black with a short tail and the winter form has much more orange and a longer, violet-tipped tail. The underside is light brown with a pearly white question mark in center.
Range:
North America, West Indies, Central America, South America
Habitat(s):
Hardwood swamps and hammocks, city parks, and urban areas.
Reproduction:
Eggs are laid under leaves of plants that are usually not the hosts.
Natural History:
Larval host plants include: Button-hemp (Boehmeria cylindrica), Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), and American elm (Ulmus americana).
Food:
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants.
Comments:
Garden abundance is low.



 
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