This small butterfly has slim, triangular wings. The upper side of the male's wings is mostly orange with the margins being dark brown. The underside of the male's wings is mainly yellow-orange with the margins being dark brown. There is a yellow basal spot enclosed with brown. The upper side of the female's wings is dark brown with large, glassy spots near the fore wing outer margin. The underside of the female's wings is a brownish-burgundy color with the hind wing having a white streak on the costal edge. The wing margins are broadly frosted. The wingspan measures 1 and 3/8 to 1 and 5/8 inches.
Can be found in a wide range of habitats such as woodland edges, woodland openings, and near roads, especially if there are streams nearby. It can adapt to other habitats including suburban areas, parks, and gardens.