Question Mark Butterfly
Location: Cumberland Plateau, rural southeast Tennessee
July 31, 2010 11:26 am
I saw this butterfly on one of our porch chairs and didn’t think I had seen the wing shape before. After I took its picture and checked with those on your site, I think it is definitely a Question Mark Butterfly. I had taken a photo with its wings folded showing what I thought was an unremarkable underside, but after seeing the description, found that indeed the ? shape is definitely there!
Thanks for your great site.
You have provided our readership with excellent images of the open and closed wing views of a flawless Questionmark butterfly. The closed wing view also shows the silvery interrogation sign on the lower wings. When the wings are closed, the butterfly is easily camouflaged against dried leaves, making it difficult for a predator that is trying to find the resting place of the flashy winged butterfly it is pursuing.