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Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
Gray Comma
Polygonia progne  CRAMER, 1775
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - NYMPHALINAE
Tribe - NYMPHALINI
Polygonia progne, Pittsburg, New Hampshire, USA  Frank Model
Introduction
The genus Polygonia comprises 17 species, found variously in North America, Europe, temperate Asia and north Africa. There are 9 species found in North America.
As a genus the butterflies are instantly recognisable by their characteristic ragged wing shape. Most species have a similar upperside pattern of dark brown spots on a golden-orange ground colour. On the undersides they are cryptically marked to resemble dead leaves or tree bark, and have a white or silvery mark in the centre of the hindwing - in progne this mark is shaped like a chevron.
Polygonia progne is found only in the eastern states of the USA.
Habitats
This species is found in temperate deciduous woodlands, at altitudes between about 0-500m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour
Males perch, with wings either open or closed, on the foliage of trees and bushes to await passing females. They often imbibe mineralised moisture from damp soil. Both sexes nectar at a wide range of herbaceous and arboreal flowers.
 

 

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