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 27, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States August 25, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Sepp Meier Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States August 11, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 lmcrotty Morrison County, Minnesota, United States August 06, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 JanineJ Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada August 05, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 stephen stedman Hickman County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 peggyt67 Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 mmwm Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 rogerashton New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 NigelBI Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Elaine Link Macoupin County, Illinois, United States July 31, 2014 Details
April 20, 2012 lauragbug Texas, Tarrant County, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 24, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 24, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 26, 2013 xraygirlld Morgan County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 1velvetcat Essex County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 mercretas Montgomery County, Maryland, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 ChrisBlox Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 zminto108 Suffolk County, New York, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 trever Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 fogartyf Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, United States July 13, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 13, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 Hrussell Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
May 09, 2014 digginflowers Accomack County, Virginia, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 14, 2014 Papakid2 Conway County, Arkansas, United States July 08, 2014 Details
October 13, 2010 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Hamblen County, Tennessee, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 kgerace York County, South Carolina, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 27, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 vision_m Texas, Morris County, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 cahill@graysoncable.com Grayson County, Texas, United States June 21, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 Debbie Taylor Pope County, Arkansas, United States June 20, 2014 Details