On Sep 20, 2008, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
After seeing so many on some rotting fruit I put out, I think I can safely say that they are fruit feasters!
On Jun 28, 2007, alddesigns from Saint Cloud, FL wrote:
One of the most widespread butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. Some favorite larval plants are artemesia, thistle, and nettles. These butterflies really seem to enjoy zinnias, marigolds, and coneflowers!
They have such beautiful outer wings that look completely different from the inner. The outer wings are subtle, with browns and a hint of bright coral. The inner wings remind me of calico fabric. These butterflies seem a little shy about being photographed, but did get used to me after awhile.