Appearance: The tip of the forewing is boldly black with several white ovals and with the black lower half of the leading edge of the forewing curving into a rounded hook. The underside of the forewings are similar to the upper surface while the underside of hindwings show black veining with a black submarginal line.
Size: Medium; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches
Habitat: Common in late summer and early fall in stands of ponderosa pine and possibly lodgepole pine woodlands
Season: August to mid-September
Larval Foodplant: Eggs are laid on the needles of ponderosa pine (see photo on right) and the larvae eat the needles
Did You Know…
Probably the last species in this family to emerge – this beautiful and graceful butterfly is known for its high and sometimes floating flight.
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