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Hoary Comma

Lost Lake, Linn Co, August 28 

Hoary Comma

Polygonia gracilis

Size: Up to 2 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Above orange with black blotches and spots, often with very jagged wing edges, submarginal row of yellow chevrons and brown to black marginal band. HW above has yellow gilded look, with yellow patches within dark orange marginal band. Below dark gray with lighter gray striations, and prominent curved (not sharply pointed) white comma in center of HW.

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

Host plant: Currant species (Ribes), and Rhododendron albiflorum (white azalea).

Habitat: Forest openings, riparian areas, subalpine meadows, mostly above 3,000 feet. 

Range: Coast Range, Willamette Valley, Western Cascades, east slope of Cascades, Blue Mtns.

Season: Early February to mid-October

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure

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