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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June 11, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 14, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States June 19, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 philohela Pershing County, Nevada, United States June 17, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States June 15, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 13, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 TPeterson Oscoda County, Michigan, United States June 13, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 urbanwanderlust Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 Kparady Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 Sue Orlowski Botetourt County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 ralphminer Cook County, Illinois, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 jms Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 01, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Doug Bruce Weakley County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Logan County, Arkansas, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 D. Dodd Texas, United States, Uvalde County May 24, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 D. Dodd Brewster County, Texas, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 Ken Cheeks Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States May 21, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 beckerla Florida, United States May 20, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 ncrosbyrd Liberty County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Lois Stacey Calhoun County, South Carolina, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 17, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States May 17, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 ralphminer Lee County, Illinois, United States May 16, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States May 16, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 Jarchibold Essex County, New York, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States May 09, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 woodymw Orange County, Florida, United States May 08, 2016 Details
September 06, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 02, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 01, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 sharin Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 Jbergman0929 Carver County, Minnesota, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 29, 2016 Details
April 22, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 26, 2016 Details