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Vanessa virginiensis or American lady

American Lady warming in the sun

One of the more common butterflies in my area is the American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) which occurs throughout North America and into northern South America. Its wingspan is about 2 to 2 ½ inches and its upper wing surfaces are mostly orange with accents of brown and white. The upper hindwing has four black spots, the outer two spots having blue centers. Beneath, the wings remind me of stained glass, with a bright orange-pink patch on the forewing and a pair of prominent eye spots on the hindwing.




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