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Adult fore-wing is usually purplish-brown (sometimes yellowish-brown or pale gray) with darker shading in sub-terminal area, and usually paler shading in terminal area; lines thin, distinct at close range but showing little contrast against ground color and therefore not noticeable at a distance; PM line bulges inward just above inner margin but the bulge is faint, giving the illusion that the PM line stops before reaching the inner margin; sub-terminal line a series of black dots; hind-wing yellowish-brown or orange-brown with diffuse grayish shading distally, and dark PM and terminal lines.
It is found from the coast of North Carolina to Florida, west to Texas, rarely straying northward as far as New York. It prefers fields, marshes, grasslands, and other open grassy areas.