Appearance: Above, unmarked dark brown with an orange dusting. Below, hindwing pale orange with white fringe and veins. Flies very weakly close to the ground.
Size: Small; 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches
Habitat: Open woodlands, mountain meadows, short and mixed grass prairies
Season: June to mid-August
Larval Foodplant: Various grasses, including bluegrass and blue grama
Did You Know…
Common name may come from the Garita Mountains of SW Colorado, since the species was described from the Colorado territory in 1866 (Pyle, 1981).
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