They are found in southern Minnesota to Florida and west to Colorado.
They live in moist meadows, roadsides and along streams.
They are orange with black spots and zigzags and wide black bands along their wing edges. Wingspan is up to 1.75".
They fly fast and low to the ground, and often sit (perch) in plants near the ground.
The caterpillars feed on asters.
The females lay eggs on the underside of aster leaves. When the babies hatch, they start eating the leaves.
Species: P. tharos
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