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Vanessa virginiensis is most easily distinguishable by its two large eyespots on the ventral side, whereas V. cardui has four small eyespots and V. annabella has none. V. virginiensis also uniquely features a white dot within the forewing subapical field, set in pink on the underside and usually also in the dorsal side's orange field.
Siesta Lake, Tioga Rd, Yosemite NP, CA.
Spotted on Sep 18, 2014
Submitted on Dec 24, 2014