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Green Comma Butterfly

The Green Comma (Polygonia faunus) is found in boreal North America from Alaska, across southern Canada to New England and the Maritime Provinces and south to New Mexico from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Typically seen in in forests, mountain woodlands, foothills, in canyons and near streams.

The wings are extremely ragged. Upperside is reddish brown with wide dark borders. It is named due to the greenish submarginal bands on the underwings. A silver "comma" shape is located in the center of hindwing.

Similar in size and coloration to the Eastern Comma.

Wing spread: 1 3/4" - 2 1/2"

Host plants: Alder, western azalea, gooseberry, black birch

Green Comma Butterfly (dorsal view)
Green Comma Butterfly (dorsal view)

Green Comma Butterfly (ventral View)
Green Comma Butterfly (ventral View)

Another "Comma" family member ... the Eastern Comma Butterfly
Eastern Comma Butterfly ... wings closed
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