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 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
April 18, 2016 MAKI Los Angeles County, California, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 Stylurus Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 20, 2016 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 kimberly_w50 Levy County, Florida, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 19, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 12, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 13, 2016 Details
April 09, 2016 Mapper Saline County, Illinois, United States April 10, 2016 Details
April 08, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 08, 2016 Details
March 25, 2016 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States April 07, 2016 Details
March 27, 2016 Okole1808 San Diego County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 ncrosbyrd Glynn County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 21, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 21, 2016 Details
March 17, 2016 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States March 17, 2016 Details
March 12, 2016 gpstewart Texas, McCulloch County, United States March 13, 2016 Details
March 10, 2016 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States March 10, 2016 Details
March 04, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 04, 2016 Details
October 11, 2015 PDunwiddie Denver County, Colorado, United States March 03, 2016 Details
October 11, 2015 PDunwiddie Denver County, Colorado, United States March 03, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
February 24, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
May 01, 2012 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 14, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 27, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
June 18, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
September 13, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
October 01, 2014 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 28, 2001 Ilse Gebhard Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States January 19, 2016 Details
May 15, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States January 15, 2016 Details
June 21, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States January 15, 2016 Details
October 19, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States January 15, 2016 Details
November 04, 2015 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States January 15, 2016 Details
January 07, 2016 gpstewart Texas, Llano County, United States January 11, 2016 Details
June 03, 2008 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States January 01, 2016 Details
May 14, 2015 routledge_SaultCollege Ontario, Canada December 30, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 routledge_SaultCollege Chippewa County, Michigan, United States December 30, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 25, 2015 Details