PAINTED LADY IN CONNECTICUT (MAYBE) (10-21-07)
Well, I was thrilled to think I photographed my first-ever painted lady. I’m puzzled, however, because t his pretty butterfly, found yesterday, in a Connecticut garden, does not quite match painted lady pictures shown on your site. A variation, perhaps? Many thanks!
Susan B. Naumann
This is a different species of Lady, the American Painted Lady, Vanessa virginiensis. BugGuide has an excellent upper wing comparison with the cosmopolitan Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui. There are two large “eyespots” on the under surface of the lower wing of the American Painted Lady.