These butterflies can be found in southern Canada and across most of the United States except much of the Southwest and Texas, southern peninsular Florida, and northern Maine. Their appearance varies greatly across the country. In the southeast, it has a large yellow patch on both surfaces of the forewing. In the west, it may have a pale yellow patch or may be lacking one entirely. All have two eyespots on each forewing. The eyespots are generally about the same size or the lower eyespot might be slightly larger. They can be found in large, sunny, grassy areas including prairies, open meadows, bogs, and old fields. 

Photo by: Kelly Dix on 8/9/21 near Stevensville, MT