This handsome butterfly is dark orange/brown, with black borders and white spots. This underside is paler, and the hindwings have more prominent black veining. The caterpillar is pale bluish gray, with transverse reddish orange. This caterpillar feeds on milkweed. Widely distributed from Argentina to Central America and Southern parts of North America. This is not a migrant species, unlike most of its relatives. Distinctive white spotting.