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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April 21, 2017 Texas Butterfly lover Burnet County, Texas, United States April 23, 2017 Details
April 15, 2017 Doug Bruce Henderson County, Tennessee, United States April 22, 2017 Details
April 16, 2017 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States April 17, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 Jeff Trahan De Soto Parish, Louisiana, United States April 17, 2017 Details
April 02, 2017 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 14, 2017 Details
March 21, 2017 Jeff Trahan Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States April 14, 2017 Details
June 28, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
March 29, 2017 Steve Krotzer Monroe County, Mississippi, United States April 10, 2017 Details
April 04, 2017 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States April 08, 2017 Details
April 08, 2017 Ginger1141 Escambia County, Florida, United States April 08, 2017 Details
April 03, 2017 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States April 06, 2017 Details
March 30, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 04, 2017 Details
May 29, 2016 Christine Stanke Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
June 01, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
June 03, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States March 24, 2017 Details
June 09, 2015 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 23, 2017 Details
June 16, 2015 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 23, 2017 Details
June 28, 2015 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 23, 2017 Details
April 25, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 23, 2017 Details
May 05, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 23, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 rseidler De Soto Parish, Louisiana, United States March 23, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 ezeemonee Santa Cruz Island County, California, United States March 20, 2017 Details
April 29, 2007 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States March 11, 2017 Details
March 10, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 11, 2017 Details
March 04, 2017 Steve Krotzer Choctaw County, Mississippi, United States March 05, 2017 Details
May 27, 2015 JoseBonner Chaves County, New Mexico, United States February 28, 2017 Details
February 19, 2017 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States February 22, 2017 Details
February 12, 2017 Jeff Trahan Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States February 20, 2017 Details
February 18, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States February 18, 2017 Details
July 20, 2012 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States February 02, 2017 Details
August 26, 2013 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States February 02, 2017 Details
July 28, 2016 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 13, 2017 Details
January 01, 2017 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States January 08, 2017 Details
August 08, 2016 TheBrassGlass New London County, Connecticut, United States December 26, 2016 Details
October 24, 2015 fivesense Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 21, 2016 Details
July 03, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 12, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 12, 2016 Details
November 11, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 08, 2016 Details
December 03, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States December 06, 2016 Details
November 01, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
November 24, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
November 15, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States November 15, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2016 Details
November 09, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States November 09, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States November 06, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States November 01, 2016 Details
September 24, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 08, 2016 gregsnyder Texas, Tarrant County, United States October 31, 2016 Details