Males perch on branches, looking for potential mates and guarding their territory from encroachment by other insects. Females lay fertilized eggs on the leaf litter of host plants. Caterpillars eat the dead and fallen leaves off of plants like sumac, oak, and wax myrtle as well as other detritus on the forest floor. They look more like brown slugs than typical, tubular caterpillars. Two to four generations a year are common across its range. Adults drink nectar from milkweed, dogbane, yarrow and sumac blossoms.
They can be found in coastal areas, sandy forests, woodland edges and fields.