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Forewing is dark orange and black with a pale cream median band. Underside of hindwing is cream to yellowish; spring and fall butterflies (form marcia) have a gray hindwing. 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm).
Spotted next to Lake Sunset in Benton, Arkansas.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Lippia and composites including shepherd's needle. Habitat: Openings in thorn forest, open areas with closely cropped plants, dunes, pastures, road edges. Range: Guatemala north through Cuba and Mexico to southern California, east through South Texas and Florida to coastal South Carolina. Strays to eastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.