Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Polygonia progne, Pittsburg, New
Hampshire, USA ©
genus Polygonia comprises 17 species,
found variously in North America, Europe, temperate Asia and north
Africa. There are 9 species found in North America.
genus the butterflies are instantly recognisable by their
characteristic ragged wing shape. Most species have a similar
upperside pattern of dark brown spots on a golden-orange ground
colour. On the undersides they are cryptically marked to resemble
dead leaves or tree bark, and have a white or silvery mark in the
centre of the hindwing - in progne this
mark is shaped like a chevron.
Polygonia progne is found only in the
eastern states of the USA.
This species is
found in temperate deciduous woodlands, at altitudes between about
To be completed.
Males perch, with
wings either open or closed, on the foliage of trees and bushes to
await passing females. They often imbibe mineralised moisture from
damp soil. Both sexes nectar at a wide range of herbaceous and