The adult feeds on the nectar of flowers in meadows such as the multicolored orange and pink lantana flower and Shepherd's needle. They are also known to land on caimans (small alligator-like animals) and deliberately irritate their eyes with the proboscis so the caiman produces tears. The butterflies then drink the tears!
This butterfly is fast, not clumsy in flight. It is native to Brazil, but has made a home in Florida and Texas, even venturing as far north as Nebraska. They are capable of producing up to three generations in one year.