Attributes of Vanessa virginiensis

American Lady
Vanessa virginiensis (Drury, 1773)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside with uneven brown, yellow, and orange pattern. Forewing with a black apical patch, a small white spot in the orange field below the patch, and a white bar at the leading edge of the forewing. Underside of hindwing with two large eyespots. Winter form is smaller and paler, summer form larger with brighter coloring.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 5/8 inches (4.5 - 6.7 cm).
Life History: During the afternoon, males perch on hilltops or on low vegetation if there are no hills. Females lay eggs singly on the top of host plant leaves. Caterpillars are solitary, living and feeding in a nest of leaves tied with silk. Adults hibernate.
Flight: Three to four broods from May-November, all year in the Deep South and South Texas. It is not known if adults can survive very cold winters; the East may have to be recolonized each year by southern migrants.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the sunflower family everlasting (Gnaphalium obtusifolium), pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), plantain-leaved pussy toes (Antennaria plantaginifolia), wormwood (Artemisia), ironweed (Vernonia), and burdock (Arctium).
Adult Food: Flower nectar almost exclusively, including dogbane, aster, goldenrod, marigold, selfheal, common milkweed, and vetch.
Habitat: Open places with low vegetation including dunes, meadows, parks, vacant lots, forest edges.
Range: Resident in the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America south to Colombia. Migrates to and temporarily colonizes the northern United States, southern Canada, the West Indies, and Europe. Rare stray to Newfoundland and Labrador.
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: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 11, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
August 08, 2015 jtylerbell St Marys County, Maryland, United States September 21, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 19, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Jeff Trahan Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 TGiannotti Suffolk County, New York, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States September 15, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Charhiker Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Kzfisherman Kankakee County, Illinois, United States September 09, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 rebeccafm Fresno County, California, United States September 08, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States September 06, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 Cathy Weiner New York County, New York, United States September 03, 2016 Details
October 25, 2013 mamotimo Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States September 01, 2016 Details
March 28, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 4wildlife Ontario, Canada August 26, 2016 Details
June 24, 2016 pattiep9 Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 yardbird Alpine County, California, United States August 17, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada August 09, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 Mluna25 Queens County, New York, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 02, 2016 1velvetcat Essex County, Massachusetts, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States August 02, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 digginflowers Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 28, 2016 Details
March 14, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 28, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 Kat0724 Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States July 27, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 Topside Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 27, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 Mluna25 Queens County, New York, United States July 24, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 Cgeske Manitoba, Canada July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States July 18, 2016 Details
August 31, 2014 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 chirpus Suffolk County, New York, United States July 14, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 14, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 13, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 07, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 09, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 phillips Columbia County, Arkansas, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details