Appearance: Above, mostly black with bands of white spots and reddish tinting in the basal area. Below, forewing is basally orange and hindwing has a white median band. Forewing is concave behind the tip.
Size: Small; 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Open woods, gulches, roadsides, parks and along streams
Season: Several flights in the south (TX, AZ)
Larval Foodplant: Bear’s breech, twin-seeds and acanthus family plants
Did You Know…
This is a southern butterfly that strays north to Colorado and parts of the central plains. Males patrol close to the ground.
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