Appearance: Underside of the hindwing of both sexes is golden-green to gray-green with an irregular band of white spots sometimes outwardly edged in black; the basal spot may be offset inward. Above, orange with thick brown borders.
Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Mountain grasslands and meadows
Season: Late May to early August depending upon elevation
Larval Foodplant: Grasses
Did You Know…
Males of some butterflies look for mates by flying up to the top of a hill and waiting for the females to appear. This behavior is called hilltopping and is sometimes an easier way to find a mate than scouring the countryside. Caterpillars live in silken tubes at the base of grass clumps and feed on grass leaves nearby. They overwinter in partially-buried shelters.
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