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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March 29, 2014 fm5050 Duval County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 06, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States April 07, 2014 Details
April 06, 2014 RMichaelson Bexar County, Texas, United States April 06, 2014 Details
October 05, 2013 kprender Burlington County, New Jersey, United States March 24, 2014 Details
September 04, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States March 07, 2014 Details
February 24, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States February 25, 2014 Details
June 09, 2013 jaybird36 Morris County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
January 31, 2014 PDunwiddie Marin County, California, United States February 04, 2014 Details
August 08, 2012 markc05 Ocean County, New Jersey, United States January 29, 2014 Details
June 12, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 26, 2014 Details
June 26, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
May 12, 1976 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 22, 2013 Details
July 31, 2010 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States December 19, 2013 Details
August 11, 2012 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States December 14, 2013 Details
November 25, 2013 carex17 Coos County, Oregon, United States December 01, 2013 Details
November 21, 2013 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States November 28, 2013 Details
July 20, 2010 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 20, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 07, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 20, 2013 Details
April 06, 2012 nabaker Texas, Kimble County, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 18, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 19, 2013 Details
November 14, 2013 lorispencer Logan County, Arkansas, United States November 15, 2013 Details
June 06, 2012 m1k3555 Los Angeles County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
November 05, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2013 Details
June 18, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 13, 2013 Details
October 26, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 29, 2013 Details
June 12, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 22, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 John LeBlanc Haywood County, North Carolina, United States October 19, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 TheAccidentalLepidopterist Orange County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 DebW Curry County, New Mexico, United States October 13, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 Doug Bruce Carroll County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 plex1ppus Curry County, Oregon, United States October 10, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 MAKI Mineral County, Nevada, United States October 10, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 Doug Bruce Haywood County, Tennessee, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2013 Details
October 04, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 05, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States October 05, 2013 Details
March 13, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 Doug Bruce Cocke County, Tennessee, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 20, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 20, 2013 Details
July 23, 2013 Jonathan Williams Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2013 Details
July 29, 2013 jim8435wisc Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States September 17, 2013 Details
May 29, 2009 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 11, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States September 10, 2013 Details