Appearance: Above,varies from brownish-black (males) to faded orange (females). Below, hindwing is an off-white with black lined veins and a black postmedian band that surrounds background colored dots. Palps are black above and white below and the abdomen has rings.
Size: Small; 1 to 1 3/8 inches
Habitat: Rocky hillsides, prairies and grasslands near paintbrush
Season: Spring to fall; at least 2 broods to possibly 3 broods in this area
Larval Foodplant: Indian paintbrush
Did You Know…
Males tend to hilltop looking for mates.
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