Question Mark Polygonia interrogationis

The most common anglewing (see the Eastern Comma). Can be separated from the Commas by the four spot row that curves across the forewing in this shot. The Commas have three spots. Otherwise both have the black form (which is this form) as well as an orange hindwing form. This one looks like he could tell us some stories. He has lived the tough life.

A fresh exterior. This one discovered my hummingbird feeder. Very fine coloration: purples and golds and creamy edges. Note the dot and curve mark which gave it its question mark name. Likely the fall form or orange form from the light edges and the date of sighting.

The interior of a stunningly fresh fall form QM. Note the orange hindwings and the purple edges posteriorly. Wow.

The fall form from the Buffalo river in Sept 2015. They were fairly common on the sand and rocky shores. This one is very fresh. Check out the creamy legs.

The dark form from Red Slough. Also very fresh. Note the nearly black hindwings.

The impressive coloration of a fresh Question Mark, with the mark that is not what it says it is. Head down, matching the bark of a pine. From Cleburne county in 2015. 

The cat of the Question Mark is very variable, but generally has the spotty pattern and a dark base with the very branching spines that concentrate towards the head. Feeds on nettles and elms and hackberry.

Another Question Mark showing the variability. From Norm's section of the world. Spines spots and dots on many ground colors.

And an April 2012 cat in the darker form again. The question is does the dark cat make the darker hindwinged form and the orange cat the other form? I don't know for now.

And the chrysalis/pupal form of the Question Mark. Note the shark fin on the lower portion. I think the color varies.