Gray Comma (Polygonia progne)

Gray Comma (Polygonia progne) caterpillar

Gray Comma is very rare in North Carolina, found only in areas of the higher mountains where its host plant Gooseberry (Ribes sp.) grows. The caterpillars are bizarre and spiky.

Grayson Highlands State Park, Grayson Co., VA 7/25/10.

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