Males are orange or yellow with black spots while the females are dark brown with orange or yellow spots. The caterpillars are greenish pink with a black head. Eggs are laid on and around the host plant singly. There are multiple flights all year in southern Florida and southern Texas. But they are throughout the southern United States and east. They are less than 1/2 the length of their forewings and their wingspans is between 1.0 – 1.25 inches, with the females a little larger.

They are found often in open areas like, grassy fields, meadows, lawns, and alfalfa and clover fields. The Fiery skipper larvae eat a variety of grasses which causes the damage to homeowner lawns.