I'm amazed how much this butterfly looks like a dead leaf. The picture below shows the camouflaged butterfly blending in with dead leaves.
A well disguised butterfly, eh?
This is the Question Mark Butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis. It gets its name from the silver mark and dot on its hind wing.
Recently, a Question Mark Butterfly was fluttering around some elm saplings at the edge of our yard. I could tell she was laying eggs by her purposeful actions. She would fly here and there, pausing briefly on some vegetation types and stay longer on the elm leaves. Those repeated, brief pauses make good photo ops, so I went for the camera.
Well, here she is... the Question Mark Butterfly laying eggs on an elm leaf.
Here is a picture of a butterfly egg... the very one she deposited as I was taking the photo above.
That was about two weeks ago. Those butterfly eggs have already hatched, but for some reason, I haven't seen any caterpillars.
Today, another Question Mark was laying eggs on the elm leaves.