Attributes of Polygonia progne

Gray Comma
Polygonia progne (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is bright orange-brown; summer form has hindwing with a wide dark border, winter form has the border covering only about 1/4 of the wing; both enclosing a few small yellow spots. Underside is charcoal gray with fine dark striations; forewing with 3-4 light chevrons in a dark border. Silver mark in center of hindwing is small, slender, and L-shaped.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 2 /12 inches (4.4 - 6.3 cm).
Life History: In midafternoon, males perch on trees or shrubs at the edges of clearings to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly on leaves of host plants; the caterpillars feed underneath. Adults overwinter.
Flight: Two flights from hibernation, mates, and lays eggs which develop into the summer generation. Summer adults fly from June-August, laying eggs of the winter generation which appears in October and then hibernates.
Caterpillar Hosts: Gooseberries (Ribes) and azalea (Rhododendron).
Adult Food: Sap; rarely flower nectar.
Habitat: Along dirt roads, along streamsides, and within clearings in rich deciduous or confierous woods, in aspen parks, yards, and gardens. Often in hilly terrain or canyons.
Range: Northwest Territories and British Columbia south along Pacific coast to central California, southeast through Montana, Utah, Colorado, and the Dakotas to eastern Nebraska, central Kansas, and central Arkansas; east through southern Canada and the northern United States to Maine and the Maritimes; south in the Appalachians to North Carolina.
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. Note: The Gray Comma includes Polygonia oreas and its subspecies silenus and nigrozephyrus. These were previously treated as a separate species.
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July 26, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 27, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 16, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Carmel Mothersill Ontario, Canada July 06, 2014 Details
April 28, 2014 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada May 24, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 W. R. Evans Tompkins County, New York, United States May 19, 2014 Details
April 24, 2014 chuckcmt Valley County, Montana, United States April 28, 2014 Details
August 04, 2013 stormyeyes99 Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States March 24, 2014 Details
March 15, 2014 mdolomieu1 Greene County, Missouri, United States March 21, 2014 Details
August 02, 2013 curtis.lehman Tucker County, West Virginia, United States March 17, 2014 Details
September 06, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada February 04, 2014 Details
September 01, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 26, 2014 Details
August 10, 2011 Kari Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States January 19, 2014 Details
July 21, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 19, 2014 Details
November 05, 2013 Stephanie Walquist Cook County, Illinois, United States November 07, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 mdolomieu1 Greene County, Missouri, United States October 15, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 402family Rock County, Wisconsin, United States October 11, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 dpgbfly1 Isanti County, Minnesota, United States October 11, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 24, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States July 17, 2013 Details
July 12, 2013 saapple Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States July 14, 2013 Details
September 25, 2010 aarongunnar Barron County, Wisconsin, United States July 06, 2013 Details
July 29, 2011 Naseem Reza Door County, Wisconsin, United States July 06, 2013 Details
July 14, 2008 cheins Douglas County, Minnesota, United States January 26, 2013 Details
July 09, 2011 Opihi Man Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States December 13, 2012 Details
August 07, 2012 joanne.russo Windham County, Vermont, United States October 29, 2012 Details
August 31, 2012 curtis.lehman (Rory Bower) Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 15, 2012 Details
August 07, 2012 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada September 06, 2012 Details
June 12, 2012 sharin Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States August 21, 2012 Details
June 15, 2012 curtis.lehman Potter County, Pennsylvania, United States June 21, 2012 Details
June 14, 2012 curtis.lehman Elk County, Pennsylvania, United States June 21, 2012 Details
April 07, 2012 Darrelljn Manitoba, Canada June 12, 2012 Details
May 20, 2012 Steve Craig Greene County, Missouri, United States June 12, 2012 Details
February 26, 2012 Steve Craig Stone County, Missouri, United States March 31, 2012 Details
July 28, 2011 Shane Patterson Monroe County, Iowa, United States March 26, 2012 Details
June 03, 2011 Doug Taron Du Page County, Illinois, United States March 26, 2012 Details
August 26, 2011 jmiller1688 Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States March 12, 2012 Details
July 22, 2011 BOGwalker St Louis County, Minnesota, United States February 20, 2012 Details
July 18, 2004 legacy.reporter (Tom Gagnon) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 11, 2004 legacy.reporter (Tom Tyning #) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 12, 2003 legacy.reporter (S.Berk Xerces) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 26, 2004 legacy.reporter (Ron + Sue Cloutier) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 30, 2004 legacy.reporter (Ron + Sue Cloutier) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 17, 2004 legacy.reporter (Barbara Spencer) Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 08, 2011 legacy.reporter (Tom Gagnon, Bruce Callahan, Jill Johnson) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 16, 2011 legacy.reporter (T. Gagnon and B. Higgins) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 09, 2011 legacy.reporter (Josh Rose ) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
August 28, 2010 legacy.reporter (Bo Zaremba) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 16, 2011 legacy.reporter (T. Gagnon and B. Higgins) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
September 26, 2011 legacy.reporter (Tom Gagnon and Bruce Callahan) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 15, 2009 legacy.reporter (Bo Zaremba) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details