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American Lady Butterfly

Posted on Aug 16, 2015

This is the American Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) using those wings to keep its head and eyes out of the sun while on the hunt for a tasty flower. The very similar Painted Lady would have four eyespots on the lower wing instead of the two seen here. You can also see the white spot inside the orange square patch on the upper wing that the Painted Lady lacks.

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