Appearance: Above, orange with black patches at base of wings and black wing margins. Pale chevrons are seen within the black border of hindwing. Below, hindwing shows a very “busy” pattern with white arrowheads, zigzag lines brown and white in color.
Size: Small; 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Open areas, roadsides, prairies, streamsides, forest edges
Season: May to late July
Larval Foodplant: Several plants in the Asteraceae family including sunflowers, and other aster species
Did You Know…
This species has a tendency to form isolated, far-reaching colonies, but most are temporary and most disappear.
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