Males sit on plants that are low to the ground and scout for females. Mating typically happens at mid-day. Females lay fertilized eggs on young branches of oak trees.
Caterpillars feed on the leaves of a variety of oak tree species. In warmer areas, two generations are produced with late-season caterpillars overwintering
Adults visit flowers from goldenrod, peppermint, dogbane and winter cress. They enjoy sunbathing in open areas. Look for them in oak forests, open fields, roadsides, meadows and gardens in the summer.