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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May 13, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 pstepp Wisconsin, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 pstepp Wisconsin, United States May 25, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 20, 2015 lumpydave84 Suffolk County, New York, United States May 21, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States May 17, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States May 15, 2015 Details
May 12, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 zerrm Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 Lhuz Columbia County, Florida, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2015 Details
May 03, 2015 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States May 04, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 hiker96 Ellsworth County, Kansas, United States May 03, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States April 24, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 20, 2015 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 11, 2015 Details
February 26, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 06, 2015 Details
March 27, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 06, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 Robalero Cameron County, Texas, United States April 06, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States April 05, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 31, 2015 Details
March 28, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Cruz Island County, California, United States March 30, 2015 Details
March 25, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States March 26, 2015 Details
September 26, 2014 Nancy Witthuhn Ness County, Kansas, United States February 28, 2015 Details
June 17, 2010 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States February 22, 2015 Details
June 17, 1987 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States February 21, 2015 Details
June 28, 2014 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 30, 2014 Details
May 05, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States December 29, 2014 Details
April 07, 2014 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
November 09, 2014 Nancee Cobb Harris County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
May 31, 2012 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States December 14, 2014 Details
September 26, 2014 Mary Franceline Malone Powhatan County, Virginia, United States December 14, 2014 Details
November 25, 2014 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 29, 2014 Details
July 28, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States November 25, 2014 Details
September 29, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 sudvalmom Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 24, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States September 27, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 S. J. Stedman Barren County, Kentucky, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 curtispittman Johnston County, North Carolina, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 digginflowers Page County, Virginia, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 12, 2014 nicoleposluszny Suffolk County, New York, United States September 12, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States September 04, 2014 Details