American Painted Lady

Vanessa virginiensis (Drury, 1773)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found from northern South America north to southern Canada. It can be found statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Normally two flights are expected. Nebraska records range from 16 April – 24 October.

Larval Hostplant(s): Pussytoes (Antennaria species) in Nebraska.

Habitat: This wide ranging butterfly can be found in multiple environments.

Found at:

Overwintering: As adults

Similar Species: Painted Lady which has four small eyespots on the ventral hindwing rather than the two larger ones for this butterfly.


American Painted Lady, Photo by Matthew Brust
American Painted Lady – dorsal
American Painted Lady – side view

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