Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Statewide, probably occurring in all counties. Present on the Outer Banks.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Widespread; fairly common, to occasionally common. The species is somewhat more common in the Piedmont than in other provinces; it is likely scarce in the higher mountains and in some counties in the lower Coastal Plain.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Complex; two broods. This species overwinters as an adult, and it can be seen on the wing as early as February. It is frequent from late February to mid-June, except for a period around late April. The first new brood emerges in early to mid-May and flies until mid-June, when many individuals aestivate. They again emerge by mid- or late July. The second brood emerges in July and August and can be seen at least to late October, rarely to mid-December, when they "hibernate" as adults. Worn individuals of the previous brood may be seen with fresh individuals of the new brood both in spring and in late summer.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) 10/13/05 · Ashe County, NC · fall form
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) 09/21/03 · Ashe County, NC · fall form
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) 04/25/06 · Ashe County, NC
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) 05/27/06 · Ashe County, NC · summer form
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) 08/23/03 · Ashe County, NC · summer form