Status:    rare resident

Flights:  1?, Jan-Dec?

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  a few recent records in NW county: Hatton Cyn, Robinson Cyn, Rancho San Carlos

Habitats:  moist forests, esp nr streams, often RW forest in CA

Host plants:  currants and gooseberries

Adult foodsap; rarely flower nectar

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   our ssp., P. p. oreas, considered a separate species by some authorities

  2.   2 flights, counting emergence of winter form from hibernation

  3.   summer adults fly Jun-Aug, lay eggs of next winter form which appears in Oct?, then hibernate

  4.   UN HW usu dark brown/black, two-toned


Oreas (gray) comma

Polygonia progne oreas

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on leaves of host plants

larva: feed underneath leaves


adult:  in mid-afternoon, males perch on small trees or shrubs in gullies or edge of clearings just above small streams to wait for females; overwinters

Hatton Cyn