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Atlas of North Dakota Butterflies

Satyr Anglewing (Polygonia satyrus)


  • BND: Satyr Anglewing; Polygonia satyrus (W. H. Edwards, 1869)
  • BNA: Satyr Comma; Polygonia satyrus
  • NDC: POSA
  • Habitat: Essentially a western species of riparian situations; the validity of ND records for this species is questionable, but numerous historical reports prohibit its elimination from the state list. (No known ND examples exist; examples of P. comma from north-central ND counties mimic superficial wing markings of P. satyrus, a fact that has led to frequent misidentifications and erroneous reports.)
  • Larval food: Primarily Urtica spp., but also Humulus spp. and perhaps Betula
  • Adult flight: Westward with two broods as far north as Saskatechewan, the second brood overwintering as adults
  • References: Royer 140, Ferris & Brown 338, Scott 285
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