Size: Up to 2 inch wingspan
Key ID features: Unmistakable. Above black with broad red and orange submarginal band across FW and HW, and HW with blue spots in black marginal band. Below two-toned with very dark inner half and brown striated outer half with darker margin.
Similar species: Above, unlike any other Oregon species. Below, California Tortoiseshell less distinctly two-toned, outer band more variable and more gray than brown.
Host plant: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).
Habitat: Wherever nettles grow, often in wet areas or along waterways.
Range: Throughout Oregon.
Season: Potentially any time of year, but mostly January to October.
Conservation Status: Secure