Attributes of Polygonia faunus

Green Comma
Polygonia faunus (W.H. Edwards, 1862)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Extremely ragged wing edges. Geographically variable. Upperside is reddish brown with wide dark borders; hindwing border contains yellow spots. Underside is brown, outer half lighter; submarginal spots are greenish; hindwing with L- or C-shaped silver spot in center.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 inches (4.5 - 6.4 cm).
Life History: In late afternoon, males perch on rocks or plants in gullies to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly on upper surface of host leaves, which caterpillars eat. Caterpillars are solitary and rest on the underside of leaves. Adults hibernate and mate the following spring.
Flight: One brood from May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Small pussy willow (Salix humilis), black birch (Betula lenta), alder (Alnus), western azalea (Rhododendron occidentale), and gooseberry (Ribes).
Adult Food: Flower nectar, dung, carrion.
Habitat: Forests, mountain streamsides, canyons.
Range: Boreal North America south of the tundra. Central Alaska south to central California and northern New Mexico; east across southern Canada and the Great Lakes region to New England and the Maritimes. A separate population occurs in the southern Appalachians.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 13, 2012 Joe Sebastiani Alberta, Canada September 21, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 jim8435wisc Denali Borough, Alaska, United States September 21, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 Jack V. Shaw Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 14, 2014 AK2 Park County, Montana, United States September 17, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 Vickie Clackamas County, Oregon, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 grzlysktn Anchorage Borough, Alaska, United States September 05, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 neilds37 Mineral County, Montana, United States August 25, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 sarabseth Alberta, Canada August 24, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 frogbandit Anchorage Borough, Alaska, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 hiker96 Coos County, New Hampshire, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 cgillick Kitsap County, Washington, United States August 16, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 frogbandit Anchorage Borough, Alaska, United States August 10, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 JDreimiller Pierce County, Washington, United States June 29, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
September 08, 2013 jamesasym La Plata County, Colorado, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 16, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada June 17, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 Pdxgene Hood River County, Oregon, United States June 16, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 27, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 27, 2014 Details
August 18, 2013 Citadelle Quebec, Canada May 05, 2014 Details
April 08, 2014 John Ashley Flathead County, Montana, United States April 09, 2014 Details
July 17, 2013 curtis.lehman Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States March 26, 2014 Details
August 31, 2009 ddodd Ouray County, Colorado, United States February 11, 2014 Details
August 29, 2013 toddewen Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States February 10, 2014 Details
September 20, 2013 tamico Gunnison County, Colorado, United States February 10, 2014 Details
July 06, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States February 05, 2014 Details
September 01, 2013 tasars Chelan County, Washington, United States January 08, 2014 Details
September 11, 2013 swittwa Pierce County, Washington, United States October 14, 2013 Details
April 22, 2013 scott_carpenter Multnomah County, Oregon, United States October 08, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 a-o Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States September 26, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 PDunwiddie British Columbia, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 PDunwiddie British Columbia, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 sagebird52 Albany County, Wyoming, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 bstar4bbyron Ravalli County, Montana, United States August 29, 2013 Details
July 30, 2013 glendacom Piscataquis County, Maine, United States August 08, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 randimal Pierce County, Washington, United States August 02, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 PDunwiddie Skamania County, Washington, United States July 12, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 HHowell Teton County, Wyoming, United States July 12, 2013 Details
June 22, 2013 PDunwiddie Kittitas County, Washington, United States July 04, 2013 Details
June 05, 2013 Chris Siddle British Columbia, Canada June 27, 2013 Details
June 16, 2013 PDunwiddie Pierce County, Washington, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 10, 2013 kayjon50 Kittitas County, Washington, United States June 12, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 PDunwiddie Kittitas County, Washington, United States June 07, 2013 Details
May 26, 2012 fragglecat Boulder County, Colorado, United States February 24, 2013 Details
May 27, 2012 swittwa Chelan County, Washington, United States December 17, 2012 Details
June 17, 1986 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Carson City County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 05, 1987 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Douglas County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 05, 1987 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Washoe County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 02, 2010 Larry522 Essex County, Vermont, United States October 29, 2012 Details