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American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Posted on Oct 21, 2014

Monarchs are not the only butterflies to see as we enter late October. I photographed this American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) this week while it was soaking up some sun and staying low on a breezy day. The tiny white spots in the middle of the seasonal orange on the postmedian parts of the forewing help to identify it as American instead of Painted.

American Lady butterfly fall autumn-0551

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator