This species can be very common in the BFEC gardens and along the Kokosing Gap Trail in August and September. When seen with the wings folded the wing pattern is quite plain, but when the wings are spread a bright orange and brown pattern appears. Because it overwinters in Ohio it can potentially be seen any month of the year when temperatures are warm. Adults feed on the nectar of a variety of plants and can be easily approached when feeding. The only known larval host plant is stinging nettles and for this reason we have encouraged a patch of it in the BFEC Butterfly Garden.