Question Mark Butterfly at Raccoon Creek State Park

Question Mark butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park

I admire the work of those of you who travel great distances, climbing rugged terrain and doing extensive detective work to capture images of butterflies in the outback. Wingedbeauty has a long way to go before we can claim such distinction. Our posts here are butterflies that hikers, picnickers, naturalists, and home gardeners can see. We offer information  and identification assistance, hopefully leading our readers to results. My favorite of these possibilities are that 1) people are prompted to be much more aware of the butterflies they encounter and 2) then they head out into the field to locate and identify butterflies. These responses will increase the universal awareness of butterflies and exponentially strengthen the ranks of butterfly lovers.

Polygonia interrogationis butterflies are usually met on trails that skirt the forest. The best time to spot one is in the mid-morning. They fly in a leisurely manner at this time of day. This butterfly had just abandoned its nighttime hiding spot. Still sluggish, the insect allowed me to approach with care. Resting on a fern in Raccoon Creek State Park (Southwestern Pennsylvania), its chosen position made for an image that reminds us that the Question Mark Butterfly is one of the anglewing butterflies, recognizable for its severe hooks and the turns of its wing margins.

Moments later this butterfly flew speedily out of sight. You almost never see them drinking nectar from flowers, so these are the kinds of meetings you must have with Question mark butterflies. To see what they eat, why don’t you have a look at our other posts on Question Mark Butterflies.

This photograph is a good representative for the types of butterflies that we share here: Butterflies of your city, town, farm, and rural neighborhood. They are our neighbors, so to speak.