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Black with shadows of tiger like stripes on the ventral side of tailed wings. Top sides of lower wings have a powder blue chevrons. Large, almost 4 inches (11cm) in total wingspan.
Area is a gated man-made lake community, surrounded by rural agricultural land, and some deciduous forest areas. In areas that are not mowed, the land is old fields within the community, and are mowed biannually. Ditchlines and treelines are left untouched.
There are two female forms of this species. The other form is yellow with stripes.