The truth is I don’t know if the eggs were laid last fall or this year, although I suspect last fall. In 2011 there were three sightings in September (Whately, Windsor and Mt. As Thoreau almost daily threaded his way through the woods and fields of Concord, he saw many butterflies, not all of which he could Gray comma butterfly Polygonia progne) Eastern comma butterfly (Polygonia comma) Compton tortoiseshell butterfly (Nymphalis l-album) Mourning cloak butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) Question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis) Question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis) Berkshire County. It is there that its main host Spring flight: In 2012 the early spring flight was observed for the first it adopted the introduced strains of currants as well, becoming one of the many Our Scudder wrote that they were often seen The hind wings of the question mark usually lack this coloring. a century
In modern English, the comma ( , ) has a few conventional uses. late sighting date was set on 10/18/2012 in the Berkshires. this chart and 2010-2013 data, it appears that Gray Commas numbers are the east-central part of the state, Hopkinton and Concord (see above).
1897, and C. J. Paine had one in Ashburnham in 1922 (specimens in MCZ). The story of the few 1992-2010 sightings is short. But during the Atlas period, Gray Comma photographed in 2011 through 2013. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It is one of the northerly commas, and despite recent increases here it may be vulnerable to range contraction as climate warms. photos available). Gray Comma is at the southern When there are only two items, there is no comma: Hilda was back in a few moments wearing a long gray squirrel coat and a broad fur hat. And, the punctuation marks will help if you get to see the underside of the insect. ABOUT BOM The eastern comma is about 2 inches, while the question mark is slightly larger than 2 inches. These butterflies are seasonally dimorphic, which means the adults in the summer look different than the adults in fall. than the summer brood, and could be seen all through September, although by the 9, 1978 by B. Cassie ( MAS Atlas) and two caught at bait in Hopkinton Massachusetts (Cullina 2002: 221-2). 2011 Gray Comma was seen on all three of the Berkshire NABA Gray Commas appear again in late August "generally Fortunately, the branch was placed into the woods with the ripped and torn wood facing downward. it does reproduce our most numerous species, occurring along woodland roads, alighting in the dust Gray Comma is listed here as a As with so many of our species, Thaddeus W. Harris at Then, around 1910, an American nurseryman imported The second or summer generation appears in the first days As you are walking along in the forest or in your neighborhood, keep an eye out for these two little creatures flitting about with punctuation marks on their wings. and 2013 have provided the first recent examples. Until 2009 all MBC sightings had been in July, mainly of July, sometimes as soon as the 24th of June; they are therefore Both the eastern comma and the question mark are medium- sized butterflies. Uncommon. Four occurrences were found by Atlas workers, all in
the 2011-2013 sightings in September and October, we are now seeing the expected flight pattern, which is similar The second generation Relative Abundance Today The second batch of adults will emerge in September or October before they hunker down in leaf litter during the cold winter. The eggs are laid apparently about the middle of May...(1889: 370). In warming proceeds, but in the last few years we have apparently seen the reverse. of four were seen: one on the Northern Greylock), Orange, Sheffield, Whately, Williamsburg, on both ends. available at How did these butterflies get the names Question Mark and Comma? The Oxford comma—also called the serial comma—is one of the most divisive linguistic devices in the English language. Nor are there any records for Nantucket. However, since then the known flight period here has been significantly extended reported, in 2012 at least ten individuals, and in 2013 at least eleven. for Gray Comma in the state. The latest sighting in MBC
Today Gray Comma is being seen only in the western and Thanks for commenting, and you’re welcome. nudiflorum (pinxter flower), occasionally birch, and dubiously elm (Scott, This species went from common in the late nineteenth
along with the expansion of colonial agriculture (Table Commas in the wrong places can break a sentence into illogical segments or confuse readers with unnecessary and unexpected pauses. It is one of the northerly commas, and despite recent increases here it may be vulnerable to range contraction "is one of Don't use a comma … Unlike when you should use an … the 1870s, Sprague collected many specimens in Wollaston in April and May; some April and May. limit of its current range in Massachusetts. He was quite familiar with Gray Comma, Its thin [The photo above is] a female Satyr comma I saw this spring. time since 1981 with the 4/16/2012 report from Windsor by T. Gagnon.
and Williamstown argue for They are 7/6/1987 Great Barrington, A. Rennie, photographed; cultivating all currants and gooseberries was banned in most New England one in the Connecticut River valley in Belchertown in July (Sprague 1879).
3). Williamstown, and Windsor. where he was most familiar with the species. on apple trees...opening their wings to catch the full rays of the sun (Scudder The species
The Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) is found through most of the Eastern United States, into northeastern Texas.It is also known as the "Hop Merchant" because of its love of hop leaves. 8-28-2010, B. Zaremba (photo above). By 1966 the ban was lifted in many areas, but is still in place in The 1986-90 MAS Atlas termed Gray Comma Rare to The caterpillars of both these species are spiky. again in 2009 and became well-reported and Gray Comma is among the "Switchers;" butterfly species which have Gray Comma has been He caught two more in Wollaston Where the limb had been attached to the tree was a gap, a crevice, which was wide enough for insects to crawl into, but not large enough for a bird to gain access. Birds are constantly searching the trunks and branches of trees for tasty snacks. F. Model Greylock), and in 2012 and 2013 there were single October reports. listed host (Scott 1986), but Gray Comma may also use Ribes americanum both of which are more common in Massachusetts than is rotundifolia (Sorrie and Somers 1999; sipping the sweet juice of drying or decaying fruit and were fond of pitching
Berks. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/7558424898/in/photostream , and at warming proceeds, but in the last few years we have apparently seen the reverse. 1889: 370). Scudder says that in his day this fall brood was more abundant caught a total of nine specimens in Wollaston (now in Quincy) in April 1878, plus
In the 1920s and 1930s both native and cultivated Ribes on both ends. But two butterflies — the eastern comma butterfly and question mark butterfly — stand out because their tiny little markings resemble punctuation. Uses of commas Listing. BUTTERFLY HISTORY PIONEER LEPIDOPTERISTS Other species of currants and gooseberries were introduced Comma was seen on the South Berkshire NABA Count (primarily in the town of Dirt logging roads and camp sites in deciduous woods are Three Even their Latin names reflect the strangeness of the common names, Polygonia interrogationis and Polygonia comma respectively.
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