Their appearance is highly variable, but a subset of distinguishing features aid in identification. The elongated shape of the forewings is distinctive. The upper part of the wings is yellow and the tips of the forewings are black.
The species lives in almost any open space, including coastal plains, deserts, fields, roadsides, vacant lots. It usually flies very close to the ground.
The butterfly feeds predominantly on flower nectar and dead foliage, but it can also feed on rotten fruit, and dry or wet dung, among other substances.