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Identification: Upperside is bright orange with wide black borders; male has a faint narrow stigma on the forewing. Underside of hindwing is orange-tan with a pale streak in the center from the base to the outer margin. Wing Span: 1 5/16 - 1 11/16 inches (3.3 - 4.3 cm).
Habitat: Coastal salt marshes. This one was observed along the banks of the dam of an old rice field at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge near Hardeeville (Jasper County), SC.
Caterpillar Hosts: Possibly smooth cordgrass (Spartina alternifolia var. glabra). Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including pickerelweed, salt marsh fleabane, and coreopsis. This one was identified by Cliff Ivy on BugGuide.net.
Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2015