This species lives mostly in the tree tops in the forests and in urban and suburban wooded areas and parks. It is resident in all areas of Illinois. There are two generations each year. Adults drink flower nectar and puddle water, and also feed on carrion and animal feces. The female lays eggs on wild cherry, apple, tulip poplar, maple, ash, and other trees. Larvae molt in five stages. Pupae resemble bark on or near the host plant.