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Coburg Ridge, Lane Co, May 6

Green Comma

Polygonia faunus

Size: Up to 2 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Above deep orange with black blotches and spots, often with very jagged wing edges, submarginal row of yellow spots on brown to black marginal band. Below striated bands of gray-brown and gray, and prominent curved (not pointed) white comma in center of HW, often barbed on one end.

Similar species: Satyr Comma has brown shades below, and barbed white comma on HW. Hoary comma lacks submarginal shading below. Oreas comma has pointed white "v" below.

Host plant: Willows, aspen and alders.

Habitat: Conifer forest openings, meadows, roadsides.   

Range: All of western Oregon, plus Warner Mtns, Ochoco Mtns, Wallowa Mtns and Blue Mtns.

Season: Late February to late September

Abundance: Common 

 

Conservation Status: Secure