West Coast Lady

Vanessa annabella (W. D. Field, 1971)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This species is a lowland resident from southern British Columbia south into Mexico and east to southern Arizona. From there it regularly strays east to the Rocky Mountains beyond which point it becomes rare. Nebraska records are from the western half on the state.

Broods/Flight Times: Probably double brooded south of Nebraska. Within the state it has been found from 1 June -16 October.

Larval Hostplant(s): While not yet reported to breed in the state, some of its larval hostplants – hollyhocks (Althaea rosea) and the following mallows (Malva parvifloraM. neglectaM. sylvestris and M. rotundiflora) are found in Nebraska.

Habitat: As a stray it might be found anywhere.

Found at:

Overwintering: Does not overwinter in Nebraska. Various authors report overwintering as larvae, pupae and adults farther south and west.

Similar Species: Painted and American Painted Ladies


Common Name, Location, Photographer
West Coast Lady – dorsal
West Coast Lady – ventral

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