Butterflies: American Lady

Photo of American Lady

One summer afternoon in late July, I noticed this American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) visiting blossoms of Red Clover (Trifolium pratense). With wings held together, the two large "eye" spots on the American Lady's hind-wings easily separate this species from the Painted Lady (V. cardui) who has four smaller "eye" spots. The BugGuide has an excellent comparison graphic of these two Ladies.

Photo of American Lady (upperside)

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