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Appearance differs geographically. A red/orange brown with black spots and a narrow or missing submarginal band on the hind-wing. (Noticeably narrower that the band on the Great Spangled Fritillary). Wingspan of 2 1/2 - 3 1/4 inches (6.3 - 8.3 cm) Butterflies eat nectar from flowers.
This butterfly typically lives in moist prairies, high mountain meadows, openings in barrens, brushland, dry fields, open oak woods and bogs.
This butterfly was very bold and even let me hold it on my finger for a bit. It wasn't too concerned that I was there taking pictures. There were actually two of them flying around, at times fighting over the same thistle flower.