Medium sized butterfly with a wing span up to 3 1/8 inches. The upperside of the wing is a tawny orange with thick dark veins and black spots near the margin. Hindwing margin angled and slightly scalloped; the underside has a mottled pattern and no silver spots.
Widespread in North America, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Open areas such as prairies and open, disturbed sites.
Caterpillars feed on the leaves and flowers of host plants.
Eggs are laid singly on the stems and leaves of the host plants.
Native larval host plants include maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and the wildflower Florida yellow flax (Linum floridanum), which is not in cultivation. Nectar plants include the wildflowers blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis) and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Weedy native nectar plants include Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata).
Four broods from March to December.
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2013. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.