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Identification: Wings dark orange; spots of forewing and shading of hindwing vary from pale to very dark purple.
Wing Span: 2.5-3.3 cm.
Flight: July - September northward, August - October in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Larva bores into seedpods of gerardia and mullein-foxglove.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Comments: changed from Rhodoecia auratiago
Alternate Scientific Names:
Pollinator Week is June 20-26, 2022!
Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.
Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.