The adult moths fly at various times during the year, depending on the area. September through November is the usual flying time in the northern parts of its distribution. From Florida southward, however, it has several generations per year.
Once mated the female deposits eggs on both sides of the leaves and on the tendrils of the host plants (various species of Cissus, Parthenocissus, and Vitis vinifera). Once hatched the larva starts searching and feeding on the new growth of the food plant.
The larva goes through 5 instars before pupating.
Once ready to pupate, the caterpillar descends from the host plant and buries itself underground in a cell, where it usually spends several months. When the adult is ready to emerge, the pupa wriggles to the surface and the adult emerges, climbs onto a support and slowly pumps hemolymph inside the veins of the wings to extend them.