Appearance: Above, males are brown with a purplish sheen and an orange marginal hindwing band. Female forewing is pale orange with a brown border. Below, hindwing is light gray with an orange marginal band and the forewing is orange with a row of black spots bordering a white marginal area.
Size: Small; 1 1/4 to 1 /7/8 inches
Habitat: Stays near wet areas in meadows, streams and pond edges
Season: Mid-June to October; 2 broods
Larval Foodplant: Water and curled dock
Did You Know…
This species appears to be moving west over the Continental Divide to agricultural and wetland areas (Opler, 1999).
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