A Question Mark Butterfly

In spite of Dutch Elm Disease, we still have a number of American elm trees growing around.  They grow to about a foot in diameter, maybe twenty five or thirty feet high, then they die.

I took this photo of a question mark, Polygonia interrogationis, when it seemed to be laying eggs on the underside of the American elm leaves.  I did not look to see if there were eggs, however. 

Yesterday I found several caterpillars on the undersides of the leaves of the tree in question.  Here is a photo of one.  It looks like the question mark caterpillar to me.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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