Silvery Checkerspots are usually found on their larval food plant, the Black-eyed Susan. They rest with their wings closed up, showing a lighter coloration on the bottom of their wings. They fly quickly and usually in a straight path to their next resting place. Look for them at waist level as they tend to fly lower to the ground than other butterflies. Adults are very active from spring to autumn. They can be found in meadows, fields, nature trails, gardens and woodlands.
The larval caterpillar is black with orange stripes across the body and purple and white spots along it. The body is covered with spiky spines. They can be found eating the leaves of Black-eyed Susans (their favorite) as well as asters, daisies and goldenrods. Usually one generation is produced each year, but in warmer climates, two or three generations are possible.