Question Mark

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park.

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Common name [Link is to BAMONA] (wingspan range in inches) Occurrence level & flight period.
Habitat. Typically visits (for nectaring). Larval host plants.




Question Mark (2.25–3") Uncommon: Apr, Jun & E-Sep Woods, roads Rotting fruit & sap Nettles, elm, hackberry
Question Mark

March 8, 2012
Elicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Question Mark

April 5, 2014
Murray Hill
Linda Hunt

Question Mark

April 22, 2012
Gateway Park
Sue Muller

Question Mark

April 22, 2012
Gateway Park
Sue Muller

Question Mark

April 24, 2012
Gorman NRA
Allen Lewis

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April 24, 2012
Gorman NRA
Allen Lewis

Question Mark

May 12, 2012
Rockburn Branch Park
Bonnie Ott

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May 29, 2016
Murray Hill
Kevin Heffernan

Question Mark

July 8, 2012
Ellicott City
Kathy Litzinger

Question Mark

Female
September 11, 2015
Lake Kittamaqundi
Clayton Koonce

Question Mark

July 19, 2003
MPEA
Cheryl Farfaras

Notice smoother wing margin and elongate tail (compared with Eastern Comma).

A few individuals will not have a question mark on the outer hind wing.

Question Mark (upperside features)

Upperside Features
Dick Smith

Here is the cycle from caterpillar to pupa
to emerged adult—unfortunately,
killed by a spider

Question Mark

Caterpillar
September 4, 2013
South Trotter Road
Wes Earp

Question Mark

Pupa
September 4, 2013
South Trotter Road
Wes Earp

Question Mark

Pupa (w/ cast skin)
September 4, 2013
South Trotter Road
Wes Earp

Question Mark

Dead adult (top)
September 16, 2013
South Trotter Road
Wes Earp

Question Mark

Dead adult (bottom)
September 16, 2013
South Trotter Road
Wes Earp