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Butterfly with outer margin is indented below tip of forewing. Upperside is black with small white spots and some rusty red near wing bases. Hindwing with median band of cream-colored spots. Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 7/8 inches (3.2 - 4.8 cm).
Deserts, dry gulches, open areas, streamsides, road edges, city parks. This one was sunning in a southeastern deciduous forest near the Savannah River in Aiken County, SC.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various low plants of the acanthus family including Ruellia, Jacobina, Beloperone, and Siphonoglossa. Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Spotted on Oct 20, 2012
Submitted on Feb 22, 2015