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Butterfly with upperside of head and thorax is yellow-orange. Wings are brown-black; male forewing has a black stigma, female forewing has very small cloudy white spots. Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Range: Nova Scotia west across southern Canada to southern Alberta; south to Florida, the Gulf Coast, and eastern Texas. Separate populations in the high plains and Rocky Mountains, and on the Pacific Coast. Habitat: Wet areas near deciduous woods such as meadows, seeps, swamp edges, and streams. This one was feeding on lantana at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various sedges including chufa flatsedge (Cyperus esculentus) and sun sedge (Carex heliophila). Adult Food: Nectar from white, pink, or purple flowers including common milkweed, purple vetch, selfheal, peppermint, dogbane, New Jersey tea, and viper's bugloss.