This wonderful butterfly overwinters as an adult, not a pupae.
Multiple generations across the Pacific Northwest with adults staying in higher elevations during the heat of the summer, coming back to the valleys as temperatures drop below 75F or so during the day.
Feeding solely on stinging nettle, larvae are gregarious in early stages and form nets around stinging nettle plants. Eggs are laid in batched of 50-100 under a leaf.
Full butterfly from one specimen for symmetry.
Wings have a gorgeous epoxy resin finish on each side.
Choice of .925 sterling silver ear wires, or hypoallergenic Niobium ear wires. (Niobium are less shiny, but contain no nickel. See picture)