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Vermont Butterfly Survey <[log in to unmask]>
"Grkovich, Alex" <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 11:01:39 -0400
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I think that that's a pretty good clue that it is/was a Green Comma...The
Green is perhaps the only one in the east that will perch with the FW pulled
high above the HW with the wings folded...Flight is good indication,
too...the flight is very fast, erratic, circling around, and fairly low to
the ground...They fan there wings up and down, too, upon landing, a couple
times or more, then fold them...and perch or feed on damp earth...Females by
the way, can be really tough to tell from Gray females...the very ragged
wingmargins of the Green serve as a good field mark...

Also, up at Scott Bog (examine the East Inlet Road at and beyond Mile 5.8
from Rt. 3, and also along the Scott Bog roads themselves in damp bushy
areas) a couple of unusual "western-looking" Polygonias have shown up...I
can't ID them...but folks should keep an open mind on Polygonias in the
northeast in Canadian Zone areas...also teh Satyr Comma is known from teh
Scott Bog region, very rarely...I've personally never seen it there, but a
couple folks (Warren Kiel) have...

Gray Comma locales, anyone??? (Weather forecast is lousy for the weekend,


> -----Original Message-----
> From: C. and R. Stewart [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 10:28 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      [VTLEPS] green comma?
> Is it a reliable field mark for the green comma if an anglewing shows the
> split between fore wing and hind wing in profile? Unfortunately missed
> catching it!!
> Ran across 20 or so banded hairstreaks in 4' high goldenrod/old apple
> orchard field.   Area was next to woods.
> Ruth
> Stewarts
> E. Dorset, VT
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