American Painted Lady

Butterfly ID request
Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 5:01 AM
There have been many of these in the area in September, although similar to Monarchs, they don’t appear the same.
North Carolina

American Painted Lady
American Painted Lady

Hi cneal,
Your butterfly is an American Painted Lady, Vanessa virginiensis. BugGuide has a nice set of images that explain how to differentiate between the American Painted Lady and the Cosmopolitan, the Painted Lady with a wold wide distribution.

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