American Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Drury, 1773)  

Status:

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) is a close relative of the Painted Lady, and looks very similar to that species. This butterfly is a strong flier, and partially migratory. It is usually found in open habitats, like fields or meadows, powerline rights-of-way, or along coastlines, where migrants may accumulate. This butterfly probably doesn't successfully overwinter at this latitude, so the first individuals seen in spring are migrants, which reproduce for several generations before retreating in autumn (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith).

Description:

The hindwing of American Lady shows two enlarged submarginal eyespots, and row usually thinly connected, while they are all similar in size and isolated on Painted Lady. On the forewing, American also usually shows a small white spot on an orange background, and has more restricted black markings than Painted (Glassberg, 1999).

Relationships:

Western Pearly Everlasting (https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=4183), pussytoes, possibly other composites.

There are 341 records in the project database.

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An American Lady in Baltimore Co., Maryland (4/19/2015). Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/1/2013). Photo by David Illig. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Prince George's Co., Maryland (6/17/2012). Photo by Barbara Thurlow. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Washington Co., Maryland (6/8/2019). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/30/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/17/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Howard Co., Maryland (7/3/2014). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Baltimore City, Maryland (6/19/2009). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

An American Lady near Sarasota, Florida (10/20/2010). Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/7/2015). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

An American Lady in Baltimore City, Maryland (8/26/2011). Photo by Pauline Horn. (MBP list)

An American Lady caterpillar in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/23/2009). Photo by Beth Johnson. (MBP list)

American Lady caterpillar on Cudweed in Talbot Co., Maryland (5/16/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An American Lady larva in Washington Co., Maryland (5/20/2017). Photo by Judy Gallagher. (MBP list)

An American Lady collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/7/1996). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

An American Lady collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/17/2000). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

The nest of an American Lady caterpillar on Pussytoes in Harford Co., Maryland (5/26/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)


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