Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1308911

Zephyr Comma
Polygonia zephyrus

Observation date: August 24, 2021
Submitted by: Jon Kindschy
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: September 23, 2021
Coordinator notes: This is the Hoary Comma, aka Polygonia gracilis zephyrus (considered a subspecies not a full species as on the BAMONA list). Most easily recognized by the rather fuzzy appearance to the markings toward the bottom of the hindwings. Sometimes these do have distinct spots but the dark border on zephyrus is narrow. The border is wide on the Green Comma (Colorado Anglewing) with small distinct spots fully enclosed in that dark border. You should be able to find the Green in that area at about the same time of year and well into September (maybe still out now?) See if you can find some late blooming Canada Thistle in a wet area. The Green would be nectaring along with the Hoary until we get a really hard, season-ending freeze. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Gunnison County