American Lady Butterfly
M E Wood
Photograph - Photography
This bright butterfly is known by various names, scientific and common, such as
Vanessa virginiensis (Drury), American lady, American painted lady, painted beauty, and Hunter's butterfly. It is in the Brush Footed Family.
Wings are golden orange or brownish with black margins. Markings include white patches and, in this instance, bluish dots. The tips of the front wings are dipped in black with white patches. The lower side of the wings are quite different. Underside wings have "cob-web" patterns with two large eye spots near the edge.
American Lady butterflies enjoy warm climates and open areas. They feed on plants in the aster family.
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