Its wingspan is between 4.4 and 6.3 cm. The top of the wings is bright orange-brown while the summer forms often have a dark border on the hindwing. Both winter and summer forms have few yellow spots on their wing borders. The underside of the wings have L-shaped silver markings and are charcoal gray.
You can often find these around dirt roads and stream beds. Most often found in hilly terrain or canyon lands.
The adults have two flights a year, one in April–May and another in June–August. During the first flight the adults mate and lay eggs. These eggs will hatch and become the summer generation. The summer generation's eggs will hatch in October and hibernate.
- Plant sap
- Rarely Flower Nectar
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