Appearance: Shows a white partial eye ring which gives the species a masked look. Below, wings are brown with a gray frosted appearance at the outer margins with a white basal spot on the hindwing. Above, brown with a scattering of white spots.
Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Dry prairies, foothills, grassy openings in pine woodlands
Season: Late spring to early summer
Larval Foodplant: Big and little bluestem grasses
Did You Know…
Adults often nectar at beardtongues (penstemon species) and readily enter the long corolla tubes to reach the nectar (Opler, 1999).
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