This species is uncommon at the BFEC. It is most likely to be seen in June or August near its host plant the hackberry which grows along the Kokosing Gap Trail. Males perch on branches and fly out to investigate passing objects. Their flight is fast and erratic and they can be difficult to approach. Sometimes this butterfly ventures into yards and gardens near woodlands. They can also be seen on the ground where they imbibe water and salts. The dorsal wing color can range from tan to orange. Note the dark eyespot on the forewing. This feature helps distinguish it from the Tawny Emperor which it closely resembles.