Species Page: West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

West Coast Lady

Vanessa annabella (W. D. Field, 1971)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare stray (possibly breeding)

NENHP Rank: 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.

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.

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

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

Habitat: As a stray it might be found anywhere.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 inches

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Similar Species: Painted and American Painted Ladies