American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Similar to the Painted Lady but note the more squared off forewing tip, the white spot in the red-orange area of the forewing, and the 2 large (rather than 4 medium) eyespots on the ventral hindwing. American Ladies are common statewide in NC and may be found from spring into the fall.


American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Duke Forest Blackwood Division, Orange Co., NC
15 May 2008
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Duke Forest Blackwood Division, Orange Co., NC
15 May 2008

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Johnston Co., NC
29 May 2005

Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) is reported to be one of the hostplants for both American Lady and Painted Lady.

Orange Co., NC 4/5/2006


Two American Ladies and a Dion Skipper enjoy a disjunct patch of Common Milkweed growing in the North Carolina coastal plain.

Washington Co., NC
21 June 2006

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Nectaring on Verbena
Pettigrew State Park, NC
21 June 2003.
One of approximately 500 American Ladies that day!
Pettigrew State Park, NC
17 June 2001

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Nectaring on Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Orange Co., NC
16 July 2003
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Nectaring on Rubus
Caswell Co., NC
4 May 2006

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Very worn individual!
Orange Co., NC
16 June 2006

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Durham Co., NC
5 Oct 2014
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Moore Co., NC
10 June 2006

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Sandhills Game Lands, Richmond Co., NC
4 Aug 2016
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Craven Co., NC
22 Nov 2014

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Rock Creek, El Paso Co., CO
9 July 2016

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Four Mile Creek, Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Four Mile Creek, Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016

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