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Medium sized butterfly measuring up to 3" in length. The upperside is red-orange in color with black spots. The summer form is mostly black with a short tail and the winter form has much more orange and a longer, violet-tipped tail. The underside is light brown with a pearly white question mark in center.
North America, West Indies, Central America, South America
Hardwood swamps and hammocks, city parks, and urban areas.
Eggs are laid under leaves of plants that are usually not the hosts.
Larval host plants include: Button-hemp (Boehmeria cylindrica), Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), and American elm (Ulmus americana).