American Lady Butterfly

American Lady Butterfly Coloration, Characteristics and Size

The orange and black American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) is a popular butterfly across many landscapes. White spots are located on the tips of the forewing. The female lays pale yellow-green eggs.

Its size ranges from 1.75" - 2.75".

Distribution and Habitat

The American Lady prefers open areas with low vegetation, weedy fields, and woodland clearings. Unable to survive cold winters, adults overwinter in warm southern regions.

It ranges across most of the United States except for the northwest.

Identification

The American Lady has two large eyespots on the hindwing below, wheras the Painted Lady has four eyespots.

On the forewing, the American Lady features a white dot on an orange spot, not seen on the Painted Lady.

Differences between the Painted Lady and the American Lady


Nectar and Host Plants Used by the American Lady

Host plants include plants in the sunflower family, asters, pussytoes, everlasting, evax, ironweed, cudweed.

The American Lady feeds on nectar from a variety of flowers, and also on tree sap and decaying fruit.

Photos of American Lady Butterflies

American Lady Butterfly (dorsal view) feeding on Butterfly Bush
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American Lady on a white Butterfly Bush

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The beautiful American Lady Butterfly
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American Lady (ventral view)
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