Attributes of Polygonia satyrus

Satyr Comma
Polygonia satyrus (W.H. Edwards, 1869)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is bright yellow-orange; forewing with two black spots near center of bottom edge; hindwing lacks a dark border, has a black spot in center of wing. Underside is light and dark golden brown, median band relatively straight; hindwing with a silver comma in center.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 1/2 inches (4/5 - 6.4 cm).
Life History: In late afternoon, males perch on tree trunks and low vegetation in woodland openings to watch for females. Eggs are laid singly, in stacks, or in groups on the lower side of nettle leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and make a shelter by pulling down and fastening the edges of a leaf with silk. Adults hibernate.
Flight: Two to three flights on the Pacific Coast from February-November; two flights in Colorado, Nevada, and Saskatchewan from June-September; one flight in remainder of range from July-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various nettles (Urticaceae species).
Adult Food: Tree sap, rotting fruit, flower nectar including that from blackberry and almond.
Habitat: Valley bottoms, along streams, wooded prairie ravines, marshes, openings in riparian woods, fields and edges near moist woods.
Range: Southern Yukon and Northwest Territories south through western Canada and western United States to Baja California, southern Arizona, and southwest New Mexico; east across the Great Lakes states to northern New England and Nova Scotia.
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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August 17, 2014 M Kuhlman Missoula County, Montana, United States July 16, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 M Kuhlman Flathead County, Montana, United States July 13, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 martinametz Alberta, Canada July 10, 2015 Details
March 20, 2015 Nancy Asquith Santa Cruz County, California, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 alchem30 Saskatchewan, Canada June 01, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 19, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 neilds37 Clallam County, Washington, United States May 19, 2015 Details
April 16, 2015 Sue Orlowski Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States April 13, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 ajrobinson Humboldt County, California, United States April 06, 2015 Details
March 26, 2015 ebianco Whatcom County, Washington, United States March 31, 2015 Details
May 22, 2014 cliffweisse Fremont County, Idaho, United States March 12, 2015 Details
March 30, 2013 pcastrovillo Canyon County, Idaho, United States March 09, 2015 Details
February 14, 2014 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 Bixia Santa Cruz County, California, United States August 11, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 carlysummer Gallatin County, Montana, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 insectidann San Juan County, Washington, United States July 28, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 Derek Belsham British Columbia, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States June 23, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 John Ashley Lake County, Montana, United States June 17, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 badyak Santa Clara County, California, United States June 14, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Alice Crain Flathead County, Montana, United States June 12, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 Samsara Chapman Madison County, Montana, United States May 29, 2014 Details
May 01, 2014 davidwdroppers Grant County, Washington, United States May 05, 2014 Details
April 28, 2014 censing British Columbia, Canada May 02, 2014 Details
August 31, 2009 ddodd Ouray County, Colorado, United States February 13, 2014 Details
July 09, 2011 diwalks2 San Diego County, California, United States December 17, 2013 Details
August 28, 2010 diwalks2 San Diego County, California, United States December 13, 2013 Details
April 17, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 22, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 R_Stover Klamath County, Oregon, United States October 24, 2013 Details
October 19, 2013 snowcat Chelan County, Washington, United States October 23, 2013 Details
May 20, 2011 mbalame99 Clatsop County, Oregon, United States October 13, 2013 Details
June 22, 2013 Melissa Gwinn Washington County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
May 09, 2013 damionc Multnomah County, Oregon, United States October 08, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 schelvism Santa Cruz County, California, United States October 04, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 Geoff Urwin Saskatchewan, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
September 10, 2013 Laylamae Alberta, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 PDunwiddie British Columbia, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 PDunwiddie British Columbia, Canada September 16, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 Lepidopteron Mendocino County, California, United States September 13, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Roger Iverson Whatcom County, Washington, United States August 10, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 tailedblue Orange County, California, United States August 08, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 MAKI Tuolumne County, California, United States August 08, 2013 Details
July 03, 2011 randimal Okanogan County, Washington, United States August 02, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 PDunwiddie Spokane County, Washington, United States July 31, 2013 Details
June 14, 2013 markgunn Marin County, California, United States June 24, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 philohela Clark County, Nevada, United States June 09, 2013 Details
May 05, 2013 Teanaway Kittitas County, Washington, United States May 06, 2013 Details