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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August 19, 2011 BMcNaught Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 rconnorsphoto Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 brandahl La Porte County, Indiana, United States August 22, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 n_meadows_jr Alexandria City County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 25, 2014 catmint20906 Montgomery County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 daalmo Penobscot County, Maine, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 PMD Ontario, Canada August 09, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 05, 2015 Details
May 21, 2015 Cherylee Black New Brunswick, Canada August 02, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 BrianT Knox County, Maine, United States August 01, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 bkruse1950 Mason County, Michigan, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Jonathan Clark Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 jim8435wisc Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 woodworker Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2015 Details
March 01, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 datilson Madison County, Illinois, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Marci Tazewell County, Illinois, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
June 25, 2012 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 19, 2015 Details
June 26, 2012 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 19, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Nassau County, New York, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 jforsberg Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States July 12, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Cannoli2319 Ohio, United States July 03, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 bttcbarb Bergen County, New Jersey, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 rowley Wayne County, New York, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 John LeBlanc Madison County, Virginia, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 nanmorris@charter.net Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States June 25, 2015 Details
May 26, 2012 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States June 20, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 adamschaffer Benton County, Arkansas, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 quick3beers Hamilton County, Ohio, United States June 15, 2015 Details
May 21, 2015 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States June 15, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States June 15, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States June 13, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada June 11, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States June 10, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 marshallbw72 Williamson County, Tennessee, United States June 08, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 AJ Trently Lewis County, Tennessee, United States June 08, 2015 Details