Attributes of Vanessa annabella

West Coast Lady
Vanessa annabella (Field, 1971)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is orange-brown with an orange bar at the leading edge of the forewing; hindwing with 3 or 4 blue submarginal spots. Underside with complex pattern; eyespots are obscured by other markings.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 2 1/4 inches (3/8 - 5.7 cm).
Life History: Males perch to watch for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on upperside of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves and live in a silken nest. Adults hibernate.
Flight: Many flights throughout the year in lowland California; two flights, summer and fall, in the Rocky Mountains; one flight in higher mountains.
Caterpillar Hosts: Many plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including tree mallow (Lavatera), globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), bush mallow (Malvastrum), mallow (Malva), alkali mallow (Sida), checkerbloom (Sidalcea), and hollyhock (Althea).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open places including weedy areas, gardens, roadsides, fields, foothills, chaparral, disturbed areas.
Range: Western North America from southern British Columbia south to Baja California Norte; south and east to Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. Strays to central Kansas, eastern North Dakota, and southern Ontario.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Occasionally causes minor damage to hollyhock (Althaea) leaves.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
December 30, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States February 24, 2014 Details
January 31, 2014 PDunwiddie Marin County, California, United States February 04, 2014 Details
January 27, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 28, 2014 Details
January 21, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 23, 2014 Details
September 19, 2010 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States December 14, 2013 Details
February 22, 2011 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States December 05, 2013 Details
March 07, 2012 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States November 16, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 13, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 13, 2013 Details
November 06, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 06, 2013 Details
January 24, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 01, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 cowbug3 Humboldt County, California, United States September 24, 2013 Details
September 06, 2013 swordmaker1968 Otero County, New Mexico, United States September 18, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 Fritz Riedel Humboldt County, California, United States August 27, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 PDunwiddie Spokane County, Washington, United States July 31, 2013 Details
May 12, 2013 PDunwiddie Klickitat County, Washington, United States May 20, 2013 Details
September 14, 2012 shakespearenut Hidalgo, Mexico May 01, 2013 Details
December 19, 2012 Plasmo Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 26, 2012 Details
September 11, 2012 Jeff Trahan Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States September 21, 2012 Details
August 05, 2012 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States August 07, 2012 Details
July 07, 2012 dspicer Cochise County, Arizona, United States July 29, 2012 Details
March 22, 2012 Samela95437 Mendocino County, California, United States July 29, 2012 Details
June 09, 2012 erinlamothe Orange County, California, United States June 13, 2012 Details
June 09, 2012 erinlamothe Orange County, California, United States June 11, 2012 Details
May 08, 2012 aahewetson Texas, United States, Upton County May 19, 2012 Details
July 06, 2011 sbouffard Jefferson County, Idaho, United States April 05, 2012 Details
March 25, 2012 aahewetson Texas, Lubbock County, United States April 03, 2012 Details
February 26, 2012 Michelle Sneck Mohave County, Arizona, United States March 10, 2012 Details
February 21, 2012 AKimages San Diego County, California, United States March 06, 2012 Details
April 08, 2011 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States February 28, 2012 Details
August 02, 2010 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States February 16, 2012 Details
February 03, 2012 Hickok-Haley Los Angeles County, California, United States February 04, 2012 Details
January 29, 2012 mudgrub12 Placer County, California, United States January 29, 2012 Details
January 02, 2012 coreyk Clark County, Nevada, United States January 06, 2012 Details
August 01, 1980 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Apache County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
October 31, 2011 tymacs Davis County, Utah, United States December 07, 2011 Details
September 17, 2011 feller53 San Mateo County, California, United States December 05, 2011 Details
November 21, 2011 AKimages San Diego County, California, United States December 04, 2011 Details
September 24, 2011 jim8435wisc Yellowstone National Park County, Wyoming, United States November 27, 2011 Details
August 28, 2010 guy_incognito Riverside County, California, United States August 14, 2011 Details
July 24, 2011 AKimages San Diego County, California, United States July 29, 2011 Details
July 06, 1974 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 27, 1980 legacy.reporter (unknown) Yolo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 30, 1958 legacy.reporter (unknown) Riverside County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 04, 2004 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 25, 2005 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 06, 2003 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 05, 2005 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 24, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 28, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Tulare County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details