Monday, August 23, 2010
Look for them in open sunny areas with some bare ground exposed with low vegetation. They are often found along roadsides. The adults will nectar at various flowers. Mating occurs throughout the season. Males will be found basking in the sun on the ground during the day. They will periodically patrol their territory looking for females and chasing off any trespassing males. After mating , the female will lay tiny green eggs on the upperside of leaves in the snapdragon family, plantain family and acanthus family of plants. No other butterfly in Missouri can be mistaken for this species.
The one photographed here was sitting on a milkweed plant at Maple Leaf Lake Conservation Area.