© 2018-19 by Neil Henning Björklund

Nehalem River, Tillamook Co, July 15

Satyr Comma

Polygonia satyrus

AKA Satyr Anglewing

Size: Up to 2.25 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Above bright orange with black blotches and spots, jagged wing edges, and dark marginal band, bolder on FW. HW above has yellow patches adjacent to dark marginal band (sometimes missing), and a prominent triangular black spot in the center of the HW. Below jagged bands of striated brown, gray and tan, with prominent white comma mark (tipped on its side) in center of HW, often barbed at both ends.

Similar species: Light brown tones below separate this from other comma species.

Host plant: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).

Habitat: In riparian areas, forest openings. 

Range: Throughout Oregon.

Season: Late February to early November.

Abundance: Common. 

 

Conservation Status: Secure