*Butterfly Sitting Softly

Happiness is like a butterfly:
the more you chase it,
the more it will elude you,
but if you turn your attention
to other things,
it will come and sit softly
on your shoulder.

— Henry David Thoreau

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Photo ©2011, Jen Payne, butterfly at Walden Pond.

Butterfly enthusiasts: is this Polygonia interrogationis (Question Mark) or Polygonia comma (Eastern Comma)?

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  1. are those real names? was that butterfly posing for you on the ground at walden?

    i am anxiously waiting for the answers to these important questions!!! if i had to guess, i’d guess the eastern comma… come on, now, a bug named after punctuation? how odd…


    1. Yes, real names. Apparently, one has a comma shape and one had a question mark shape on its underside, of which I did not get a picture. I’m hoping a wise and observant butterfly enthusiast will know from this photo alone.

      Pose? Maybe. After I coaxed it for a very long while, whispering please and thank you as sweetly as I could!

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