American Lady

Vanessa virginiensis
True Brushfoots

Appearance: Above, rusty orange with a few white spots on black forewing tips. There is a small white spot on a submarginal orange wing panel.Below,hindwing has two large eye spots on an olive-gray background. Forewing shows orange or pink on the postbasal area.

Size: Medium; 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 inches

Habitat: Most open areas; forests, meadows, gulleys, ravines, washes and gardens

Season: May through October

Larval Foodplant: Pearly everlasting, pussytoes

Did You Know…
Adults probably cannot survive extended cold winters and must recolonize most of the US and southern Canada each year (Opler, 1999).

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