Lady (I can't tell whether it's Painted or American w/o closed wings)
Lady on Globe Amaranthus
There are two distinct forms of Question Mark butterflies, depending on the time of year. The summer form can be recognized by upper hindwing surfaces that are mostly black. The winter form can be recognized by upper wing surfaces that are fringed with violet and hindwings that are a rich orange. This Question Mark is a great example of the winter form. I love the violet wing edges visible in the first photo. This butterfly was getting minerals from the gravel in the parking lot. It was so fresh and brightly colored that at first I it looked red.
A monarch and a cabbage white were also getting minerals in the parking lot.
Some of the flowers: