Appearance: Above, males are black with a row of yellow spots along the trailing edge of the wing and a yellow sub-marginal band; females lack the yellow band, with spots on the trailing edge of the forewing and blue scaling on the hindwing. Both have a yellow spot on tips of the forewing. Below, the hindwing has two rows of orange spots with blue between. Abdomen is black with rows of faint yellow spots.
Size: Large; 3 1/4 to 4 1/4 inches
Habitat: Urban, suburban and rural open areas including fields, gardens, marshes, hilltops, and roadsides
Season: April to September
Larval Foodplant: Plants in the Parsley Family (cultivated and native) and sometimes plants in the Citrus Family
Did You Know…
Males perch and patrol for receptive females. Female lays eggs singly on leaves and flowers of the host plant, which are then eaten by hatching larvae. Hibernates as a chrysalis.
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